Starting sometime next week, carriers will get a chance to preview their data under the proposed changes to the SMS system.  In a story published by TruckingInfo.com Administrator Ferro said these enhancements come from discussions with enforcement, industry, FMCSA investigators and the agency’s own in-depth analysis.

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LOUISVILLE, KY — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is getting ready to roll out some revisions to the SMS database it uses in its CSA (Compliance, Safety, Accountability) program, including dropping the Cargo Securement BASIC and adding a Hazmat BASIC, Administrator Anne Ferro announced during the Mid-America Trucking Show Fleet Forum Wednesday.

CSA is “proving out the saying that what gets measured gets done – and what gets measured publicly really gets done,” Ferro told the audience during the first-ever event, put on by Fleet Owner and Heavy Duty Trucking magazines and show management.

Starting sometime next week, carriers will get a chance to preview their data under the proposed changes to the SMS system. These enhancements come from discussions with enforcement, industry, FMCSA investigators and the agency’s own in-depth analysis, Ferro said.

One of the biggest changes is the Cargo Securement BASIC. FMCSA has not made that available to the public. “We held back because we weren’t altogether confident in its clear association with [safety] outcome,” Ferro said. “So we have shifted many of the cargo to the Vehicle Maintenance BASIC and we’re going to have a standalone hazmat BASIC.”

Another change is designed to address the problem with enforcement officials performing a driver-only inspection yet nevertheless adding vehicle violations to the report, and vice versa. The agency will now be dropping that data from the system. If it’s a driver-only inspection, then only the driver violations will be reflected in the CSA scores. If it’s a vehicle-only inspection, driver violations will not be included.

The preview period will run for two or three months. The agency will then consider all the comments and decide what to do next, with the goal of making it final and public by mid July.