New SMS Brings Info Closer to Truckers – From Truckers

by Today's Trucking Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Coming soon to an Internet near you! A new web interface for the Safety Measurement System (SMS) is making it easier for American trucking regulators and the public to keep tabs on your business.

 …We can explain. 

Since online data software is in full bloom nowadays, tracking events is only getting easier – who’s to say that can’t be done with, perhaps, people?

Coming straight from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) keyboard fingertips, the SMS’s improved web interface will enhance the way it displays overall performance of carriers and their drivers online.

The “one-stop-shop” as the FMCSA calls it, the SMS displays criteria such as vehicle maintenance, traffic infractions, hours-of-service (HOS) compliance and driver fitness (among other good-to-know nuggets of data).

And it’s all being conveniently fed into a single digital entity that will display it to the masses at the touch of a button. Or mouse. Or iPad thingy.

The idea behind the SMS isn’t anything new though. A rough draft of the system launched in 2012, with plans already underway to make it bigger, more comprehensible and provide easier “access”.

FMCSA said the SMS is meant to help motor carriers who want to improve their safety performance and better serve the public realm, though we’ve yet to meet anyone who enjoys being watched daily.

Curious to learn more?

The FMCSA is inviting Motor carriers and other interested stakeholders to take a peek in a series of webinars of the proposed SMS updates on the following dates: 

Monday, November 18, 2013, 12-1:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

Thursday, November 21, 2013, 1:30-3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

Friday, November 22, 2013, 11:30-1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

Registration is required to take part, so be sure to register beforehand through FMCSA’s National Training Center.

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The 60-day SMS Preview comment period begins today, November 5, 2013. A posting of the Federal Register Notice outlining the changes is available for review. 

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