A new year is just days away.  What resolutions have you have decided on?  Or you are anti-resolutions?  Instead of thinking of the typical healthy tasks we usually consider at year end for resolutions (remember a routine takes 21 days to get into your regular regimen to become effective), let’s think about organization and data.  You probably have enough monthly, quarterly, and annual tasks to keep track of.  Perhaps your goal is to clean off your desk every day before you leave, keep your email inbox under a minimum quantity – you know 2000 perhaps, or to keep your to do list current.  While thinking about all those ways personal and professional life improvements, be sure to remember your not so ordinary time line of the FMCSA biennial task.  Just out is the friendly reminder from FMCSA regarding VMT & PU updates.

You are supposed to be updating your vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and power unit (PU) counts among other data on a regular basis.  The FMCSRs state the motor carrier is to update their data every TWO years based on your US DOT # (click the link for full details from the regs).  The friendly reminder note from FMCSA reminds motor carriers… “If your VMT data is 2009 or older, it will not be used in your calculations when the January Safety Measurement System (SMS) snapshot is posted at the beginning of February.”

 

The message also shared steps for completing the update:

Update your MCS-150 now with 2010 VMT/PU information or shortly after January 1, 2012 with your 2011 data to ensure FMCSA is using the most accurate data available to calculate your percentiles. Visit https://li-public.fmcsa.dot.gov/LIVIEW/PKG_REGISTRATION.prc_option to update your MCS-150 information. Under the “Existing Registration Updates” section, choose the first option – “I need to update my USDOT number registration information or file my biennial update.”

 

The reminder also included an important detail about those updates:

Your MCS-150 changes will first be reflected on SMS after the next monthly update.  Your changes are available sooner on the SAFER & FMCSA Portal websites.  Additional encouragement as to why we should pay attention to this government advise is explained in an earlier blog by our very own Sloan Morris.  Check out his Top 5 Ways Your MCS-150 May Be Hurting Your CSA Score blog today.  Just one more thing to add to that to do list.  Happy pondering on the resolutions.