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FMCSA Improves SMS with ASPEN Enhancements

English: Logo of the United States Federal Mot...In July 2012, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), in conjunction with its State Partners and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, refined the roadside inspection system, ASPEN, to improve the Safety Measurement System (SMS). SMS uses roadside inspections, reported through ASPEN, and crash data to prioritize motor carriers for interventions.

This action is in response to stakeholder feedback that indicated that some commercial driver violations in SMS are a result of license suspensions for non-safety related reasons, such as failing to pay a parking ticket. Motor carriers often cannot detect these suspensions when doing required background or annual checks of a driver’s driving record.

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Motor Carriers Can Now Preview the First Package of SMS Enhancements

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is pleased to announce that motor carriers can now preview the first package of changes to the Safety Measurement System (SMS). FMCSA designed SMS to be improved over time as better technology, new data, and additional analysis become available. This release is the first in a series of improvements to SMS that will take place up to twice a year. FMCSA is providing a preview period for motor carriers and enforcement personnel before it uses the SMS changes to prioritize motor carriers for safety interventions and before it makes those changes available to the public. The SMS Preview begins on March 27, 2012 and runs through late June 2012.

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