FMCSA Extends Comment Period on SMS Website

The extension was based on the request of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has extended from January 6, 2014, to January 21, 2014, the comment period for the agency’s November notice requesting public comments on proposed enhancements to the display of information on the FMCSA’s Safety Measurement System (SMS) public website.

The safety advocacy group Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety requested a 60-day extension of the comment period in December stating that “review of the topic requires considerable experience with the use of the Compliance, Safety and Accountability (CSA) website and the SMS data in order to evaluate the display of information, assess the changes and formulate a clear understanding the changes may have on public access and comprehension of the [website] information.”

But the FMCSA determined that a 15-day extension of the comment period is appropriate while a longer extension, as requested by the advocacy group, is unnecessary given the original 60-day comment period and the three educational webinars the agency conducted on Nov. 18, Nov. 21 and Nov. 22.

The proposed website site enhancements seek to accomplish three key objectives: provide easier, more intuitive navigation and user-friendly features and descriptions to clarify the SMS's role as FMCSA's prioritization tool for interventions, consolidate FMCSA safety information so users do not have to go to multiple sites, provide improved access to detailed information and new performance monitoring tools.

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