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Melissa Conn's avatar FMCSA Changes will Affect the Trucking Industry
Posted by Melissa Conn on Wednesday, October 10, 2012
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Last week we discussed the changes to the safety scoring system or BASICS under the FMCSA Compliance, Safety and Accountability (CSA) program. The Safety Measurement System (SMS) under the Compliance, Safety and Accountability website will change as of December 2012. FMCSA conducted a public survey and forum. Some of the suggestions proposed by industry officials, drivers, shippers, brokers and carriers, will be implemented for more consistent and accurate reporting.

The following changes will be made to the reporting system.

Removing 1 to 5 mph speeding violations

FMCSA aligned speeding violations to be consistent with current speedometer regulations that require speedometers to be accurate within 5 mph. Applies to the prior 24 months of data used by SMS and all SMS data moving forward. 

Lowering the severity weight for speeding violations that do not designate MPH range above the speed limit.

The severity weight will be lowered to 1 for violations.

Aligning paper and electronic logbook violations

FMCSA will equally weight paper and electronic logbook violations in SMS for consistency purposes.

Changing the name of the Fatigued Driving (Hours-of-Service (HOS) BASIC to the HOS Compliance BASIC

This action is being taken to reflect that the BASIC includes hours of service recordkeeping requirements because by itself, it does not necessarily indicate fatigued driving or driving in excess of allowable hours.

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