FMCSA seeks feedback on proposed changes to Safety Management System

- On June 29, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a notice in the Federal Register proposing enhancements to the Safety Measurement System (SMS) of the agency’s  Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program, which has been in effect since 2010. FMCSA noted the proposed changes to SMS would allow the agency to sharpen its focus on carriers with high crash rates, more effectively identify driver safety problems and Hazardous Materials (HM) carriers with serious safety problems, and more accurately account for carriers that are driving the nation’s roads the most. These proposed enhancements are based on results from the FMCSA’s SMS Effectiveness Test and input from industry, enforcement, and other safety stakeholders.

FMCSA said it analyzed the correlation of each Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) with crash risk and introduced three levels of crash risk correlation:
  • High: Unsafe driving, crash indicator, hours-of-service (HOS) compliance
  • Medium: Vehicle maintenance
  • Low: Controlled substances/alcohol, hazmat compliance and driver fitness
The changes would maintain the current intervention thresholds of 65 percent for the high-risk BASICs with the strongest relationship to crash risk and reduce the medium risk threshold to 75 percent from 80 percent. Fewer carriers will be identified for interventions in those BASICs where FMCSA proposes to raise the low-risk BASICs threshold to 90 percent from 80 percent.

Click here to review FMCSA’s proposed SMS enhancements as they appear in the Federal Register.  The 30-day comment period will end on July 29.

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