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FMCSA Urges Motor Carriers to Preview Their Data

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The SMS Preview comment period has been extended to July 30, 2012. FMCSA will review comments and make any necessary changes prior to implementation. Carriers can access the SMS Preview through two FMCSA websites:

·    Visit the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) Website (https://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/SMSPreview/) and log in with an FMCSA-issued U.S. DOT number and a personal identification number (PIN), or

·    Log in to the FMCSA Portal (https://portal.fmcsa.dot.gov/login) and select the “CSA Outreach” link.

On the CSA Website’s Resources page, visitors can access a foundational document http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/Documents/SMS_FoundationalDoc_final.pdf) that provides additional information about this first set of SMS changes. A Federal Register Notice (https://federalregister.gov/a/2012-12634) outlining the changes is also available for review. Written comments regarding the changes can be filed to the Federal Docket Management System (http://www.regulations.gov/), Docket ID Number FMCSA-2012-0074.

Attend a webinar to learn more: Motor carriers are invited to attend a webinar that will help explain the SMS improvements and answer frequently asked questions. The webinar will take place on the following three dates:

·    Tuesday, June 26, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

·    Wednesday, June 27, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time

·    Thursday, June 28, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

Registration is required to attend one of these sessions and interested parties should register as soon as possible through FMCSA’s National Training Center at https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/ntc/webinarinfo/CSA_Improvements_Webinar-FMCSA.pdf.

Questions or concerns: The CSA Outreach Website has technical assistants who can answer motor carrier questions about the SMS Preview as well as the CSA program itself. Questions can be submitted by email or phone (http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/CSA_Feedback.aspx).

Stay connected: Subscribe to the CSA Website to keep abreast of current program information at http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/subscription.aspx.