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FMCSA UPDATE: WEDNESDAY 12/14/2016

December 14, 2016

Steve Bryan

The FMCSA’s Compass Portal migration to Amazon is still experiencing challenges today. Here is the latest update:

FMCSA Compass Portal Access

While Vigillo can now access daily data from portal for many customers there is still widespread Portal Account access issues. The FMCSA are aware of this (we just spoke with them this morning) and have escalated this issue. If you are having problems accessing your portal account then this should get addressed by the FMCSA hopefully soon (no need to call as they won’t submit a ticket since they already know about this).

Our Support team are working directly with customers on this issue. If you have any questions please call us at 503-688-5100 x102 or email us at support@vigillo.com

SMS Monthly Update

While the latest SMS snapshot date is November 25, 2016 there doesn’t appear to be any inspection/violation or crash date later than November 16th in SMS. This begs the question; what data was used by the FMCSA to compute this month’s CSA Percentile Scores? Is it all the data up to the snapshot of Nov 25th, or is it just half the regular data displayed up to Nov 16th. Here is what the FMCSA says:

“The CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) Website has been updated with the November 25, 2016 snapshot. Please note: inspection and crash data is current as of November 16, 2016. The next snapshot will include inspection and crash data for November 17-25. Motor carriers, check your own safety assessments now.”

We are working on identifying this issue.

Additionally, the two Inspections and Violations files available for download from SMS that contain the publicly available inspection and violation data used for the current month’s SMS calculations also truncates on November 16th – the data only goes up to 11/16/2016 (instead of the SMS Snapshot date of 11/25/2016). The rest of this data will be posted in next month’s SMS update. Here is what the FMCSA says about this:

Inspection and crash data is current as of November 16, 2016. The next snapshot will include inspection and crash data for November 17-25. Motor carriers

Changes to CSA This Month.

A change this month is that the FMCSA has added 10 new Acute/Critical violations.

QC Mobile L&I API

This API is still down so no access to L&I information is available in bulk or programmatically, it is one DOT at a time on the L&I website at:

http://li-public.fmcsa.dot.gov/LIVIEW/pkg_carrquery.prc_carrlist

The FMCSA report this as a difficult problem so we have no ETA on when this will get resolved.

Upcoming FMCSA Changes

The FMCSA are going to remove DOT and PIN login to SMS. No more PINS! The only access to SMS in future will be through Compass Portal. This means all motor carriers will need a Portal account. The timeframe from the FMCSA on this is “in the coming months”, here is how the FMCSA phrases it:

“In the coming months, access by U.S. DOT Number and U.S. DOT Number PIN will be disabled on SMS and motor carriers will need to log in using the FMCSA Portal”

This is the latest information we have. The FMCSA are aware of all of these issues and are working to correct them.

We will keep you updated as we learn more