Now through late June independent and large carriers can preview the first round of changes to the Safety Measurement System proposed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for use in the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program.
These changes are the first in a series of improvements to SMS that FMCSA will make up to twice a year. FMCSA is providing the preview period before it applies the SMS changes to prioritize carriers for safety interventions and before it makes those changes public.
During the SMS preview, FMCSA will address comments from carriers and others. The agency may further refine the SMS enhancements before implementation in late summer.
Carriers with an ID number can go online to see how the changes would affect their rating in CSA’s seven BASIC (behavior analysis and safety improvement) categories.
The changes will be published in the Federal Register. No rulemaking is required, so there will be no notice of a proposed rule, FMCSA said.
The first package of SMS enhancements will include:
Affected trucks include model year 2008-2018 Freightliner Cascadia and Western Star 4700, 4900, 5700 and 6900 trucks. DTNA says after hard brake applications, the brake light pressure switch may not activate the brake lights with the light application of the brake pedal.