FMCSA Adds 12 Violations to SMS, Updates SMS Website

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) added 12 violations to the Safety Measurement System (SMS) to give large truck and bus companies a more complete picture of their safety performance. This update aligns with recent changes to FMCSA’s roadside inspection collection software and builds on efforts to continuously improve the consistency of data in the Agency’s systems, so enforcement personnel can make the best decisions impacting safety on our Nation’s roads.

Violation Changes
BASIC Section Violation Description Shown on Driver/Vehicle Examination Report Given to CMV Driver after Roadside Inspection Violation Group Description Violation Severity Weight
Unsafe Driving 392.16B Operating a property-carrying commercial motor vehicle while all other occupants are not properly restrained. Seat Belt 7
Vehicle Maintenance 393.75B-OOS Tire-front tread depth less than 2/32 of inch on a major tread groove Tires 8
Vehicle Maintenance 393.75C-OOS Tire-other tread depth less than 1/32 of inch measured in 2 adjacent major tread grooves Tires 8
Vehicle Maintenance 393.75F-SPEED Operating a CMV at speeds exceeding the speed-restriction label of the tire. Tires 8
Vehicle Maintenance 393.75G-LOAD Weight carried exceeds tire load limit Tire vs. Load 3
Vehicle Maintenance 393.75I1 Operating a CMV while weight carried exceeds tire rating due to under-inflation Tire vs. Load 3
Controlled Substances/Alcohol 392.4A-POS Driver on duty and in possession of a narcotic drug / amphetamine Drugs 10
Controlled Substances/Alcohol 392.4A-UI Driver on duty and under the influence of, or using a narcotic drug / amphetamine, which renders the driver incapable of safe operation. Drugs 10
Controlled Substances/Alcohol 392.5A2-DETECT Driver having any measured alcohol concentration, or any detected presence of alcohol while on duty, or operating, or in physical control of a CMV Alcohol 5
Controlled Substances/Alcohol 392.5A2-POS Driver having possession of alcohol while on duty, or operating, or in physical control of a CMV Alcohol Possession 3
Controlled Substances/Alcohol 392.5A2-UI Operating a CMV while under the influence of an intoxicating beverage regardless of its alcohol content. Alcohol 5
Hazardous Materials Compliance 180.3 Represent a package as meeting a specification that does not meet a specification Package Integrity – HM 8


In addition, FMCSA has updated the CSA SMS Website with the July 28, 2017 snapshot. Motor carriers can check their own safety assessments now. More information on these violations is available in the SMS Methodology document and the SMS Appendix A spreadsheet.

Additional SMS results are available to enforcement users and motor carriers that are logged into the SMS. Logged-in enforcement users can view all carrier safety data, while logged-in carriers can only view their own data.

Currently, the SMS allows carrier login via U.S. DOT Number and U.S. DOT Number PIN; however, FMCSA encourages carriers to log in using the FMCSA Portal. Carriers can register for Portal accounts here. (Originally posted by FMCSA, August 10, 2017)

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