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Future Enhancements to the Safety Measurement System (SMS)

FMCSA proposes enhancements to information on the public Safety Measurement System (SMS) Website and responds to comments received in response to FMCSA’s Federal Register Notice, “Proposal for Future Enhancements to the Motor Carrier Safety Measurement System (SMS),” published on June 29, 2015. These enhancements are a continuation of the Agency’s efforts to provide law enforcement, the motor carrier industry, and motor carriers with more informative safety data.

This notice explains the Agency’s proposed enhancements to the public SMS Website, including two additional changes not originally proposed, which were identified during the development of the SMS Preview. FMCSA has provided information about the proposed enhancements to the National Academies of Sciences to consider in the Correlation Study required by Section 5221 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The proposed enhancements will be available for preview, at: on October 4, 2016.  The Agency seeks comments on these changes based on the preview.  The Agency will not implement the changes  until after the Agency satisfies the requirements of Section 5223 of the FAST Act. 

DATES:  Comments must be received by December 3, 2016. Question and answer (Q&A) sessions for the public and industry are scheduled for the following dates and times:

  1. Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 10:00–11:30 a.m. Eastern Time (ET)
  2. Thursday, October 13, 2016, 2:00–3:30 p.m. ET
  3. Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 3:00–4:30 p.m. ET
  4. Thursday, October 20, 2016, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. ET

For more information on these sessions, see Section V.

ADDRESSES:  You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket Management System Docket ID (FMCSA-2015-0149) using any of the following methods:

Federal eRulemaking Portal:  Go to Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.

Mail:  Docket Management Facility; U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590.

Hand Delivery or Courier:  West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

Fax:  1-202-493-2251.

Each submission must include the Agency name and the docket number for this notice. Note that DOT posts all comments received without change to, including any personal information included in a comment. Please see the Privacy Act heading below.

Docket:  For access to the docket to read background documents or comments, go to at any time or visit Room W12-140 on the ground level of the West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The online Federal document management system is available 24 hours each day, 365 days each year. If you want acknowledgment that the Agency received your comments, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope or postcard or print the acknowledgement page that appears after submitting comments online.

Privacy Act:  In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits comments from the public to better inform its rulemaking process. DOT posts these comments, without edit, including any personal information the commenter provides, to, as described in the system of records notice (DOT/ALL-14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  For information concerning this notice, contact Mr. David Yessen, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590, telephone 609-275-2606 or by email at If you have questions on viewing or submitting material to the docket, contact Docket Services at 202-366-9826.

DOT is committed to ensuring that information is available in appropriate alternative formats to meet the requirements of persons who have a disability. If you require an alternative version of files provided on this page, please contact
Last updated: Monday, October 3, 2016