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FMCSA Now Recording ELD Violations in SMS

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April 18, 2018

Violations of the ELD rule found during roadside inspections since full enforcement kicked in are now being used in the Safety Measurement System. Image: FMCSA

Violations of the electronic logging device rule found during roadside inspections since full enforcement kicked in on April 1 are now being used in the Safety Measurement System that drives the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Carrier, Safety, Accountability enforcement program.

The agency announced that clarification on April 16, further stating that such violations are “not being applied retroactively; violations recorded prior to April 1, 2018 will not be counted in SMS.”

FMCSA also stated that motor carriers that have received ELD-related violations will begin to see them reflected in their Hours of Service Compliance BASIC in “early May 2018,” when the next monthly set of SMS results are released.

In addition, the agency has updated its complete list of ELD violations and their severity weights in a spreadsheet. Included therein are several new violations and their associated severity weight.

FMCSA noted that its SMS Methodology document will be updated following the release of the May 2018 results.

The agency also pointed out that carriers participating in its Crash Preventability Demonstration Program will continue to see final determinations on SMS for crashes reviewed as part of the program.

FMCSA added that logged-in carriers and enforcement users with crashes determined to be “Not Preventable” as part of the program can view measures and percentiles calculated with and without those crashes.

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