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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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