English: Graph outlining the relationship betw...

English: Graph outlining the relationship between number of hours driving and incidents of crashes involving truck drivers in the United States. All hours over 12 are combined, due to the low number of sample data. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The ‘improvements’ , noted below, have to do with larger trucks than the straight, refrigerated, non-CDL cargo truck of this targeted audience . Other improvements, useful to our readers, are aimed at letting the ‘carrier’ better manage the status of their fleet and drivers as viewed from the DOT’s perspective as well as their overall safety profile. This is especially useful to help the ‘carrier’ manage behaviors which could eventually affect the finances and overall operability of the ‘carrier’.

==== Recent DOT Carrier Outreach Notice =====

The Safety Measurement System (SMS) enhancements are here. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is announcing the implementation of 11 changes to the November snapshot of SMS. These changes reflect public input, following a preview period that began in March 2012. During that period, more than 19,000 carriers and 2,900 law enforcement personnel viewed the SMS preview data and provided comments.
For more information about these most recent changes, see the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) Website (http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov) or the FMCSA news release under News & Alerts (www.fmcsa.dot.gov). Motor carriers can keep track of their data on the SMS Website (http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/sms/) and find out more about the SMS improvements.
FMCSA remains committed to CSA and making enhancements in an open and transparent manner to further reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses. The Agency values the input of all safety stakeholders and actively seeks constructive input and new ideas that will further improve safety on our Nation’s roadways. To submit a question or contact a member of our team, visit http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/CSA_Feedback.aspx

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