FMCSA Website Update: Safety Measurement System

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is a data-driven safety enforcement and compliance program that works to improve the safety of America’s trucking industry.  In November, FMCSA launched a preview of its proposed, enhanced Safety Measurement System (SMS) website. The new site’s goal is to provide easy access to detailed trucking industry information and new performance monitoring tools. FMCSA’s ultimate goal is to achieve a reduction in crashes, injuries and fatalities, while making efficient use of available resources.

The improved site will help carriers and the public efficiently identify safety problems and get updated safety performance data.  The agency uses this data to determine which carriers pose a risk and need to be investigated.  In 2012, the SMSM public website hosted close to 48 million users, up from 30 million the previous year. The enhancements will not modify or change the SMS methodology but will enhance users understanding of the collected data, with no need for users to visit multiple sites.  The new features are based on feedback received from enforcement, industry and other safety stakeholders.

The key changes consist of the following:

  • Overall BASIC status will show where a carrier ranks and their correlation to crash rates.
  • Take-A-Tour Feature highlights enhancements to the SMS display and show visitors how to use the site.
  • Showcase of every carriers’ safety event group, the comparative groups used to calculate carrier BASIC percentile ranking.
  • Carriers’ Measure will be highlighted to help users clearly identify performance trends over time. The measure is based on computational results of the carrier’s roadside inspections or crashes.
  • Current insurance and authority status included directly on the site. Previously, users had to access FMCSA’s licensing and insurance online website to view this.
  • Carriers’ enforcement case history, including the date the case was closed, the applicable violations and the associated fines.

It’s important to note the site is being improved gradually and is based on user input, data and technology.  The preview site provides a overview of proposed changes.  After reviewing the site yourself, submit feedback via fax 202-493-2251 or visit (follow online instructions for submitting comments).  The deadline to submit comments ends January 6, 2014.  FMSCA will redesign the site with proposed changes before they are released to the public.

Important Links:

Current Safety Measurement System website

Preview of the SMS Site

Federal Register Posting  (November 5, 2013)

SMS results update schedule

FMSCA’s Guidance Document

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