Time is running out to provide public comment on changes to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s  Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS) to allow the Agency to upload the results of associated adjudicated State citations for roadside inspection violation data. January 2, 2014, is the cutoff date.

As the Executive Summary Notes:

States adopt and enforce motor carrier safety and hazardous materials laws and regulations as an eligibility requirement for FMCSA’s Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) and report violations discovered through roadside inspections to FMCSA. Motor carriers and drivers alleging that errors have occurred may petition the States for correction. High-quality data that are complete, timely, accurate, and consistently reported enable FMCSA to continue to achieve its safety mission by identifying trends in the violation data.

One of the challenges that the Agency faces in trying to ensure the data are accurate is how best to consider violations cited during roadside inspections that are subsequently adjudicated in State and local courts. This is especially difficult when the roadside inspection results are uploaded by the State enforcement agency into FMCSA’s information systems and the subsequent adjudication happens much later with no practical means for the adjudication results to be transmitted directly to FMCSA. In response to this challenge, FMCSA is modifying its MCMIS to accept adjudication information concerning a citation associated with a violation that (1) was dismissed or resulted in a finding of not guilty; (2) resulted in a conviction of a different or lesser charge; or (3) resulted in conviction of the original charge. The Agency’s State partners will modify their processes and procedures to capture the State and local adjudications results associated with roadside inspection violations and upload the information to FMCSA. These changes will improve the uniformity and quality of data vital to improving safety on the Nation’s roads.

The full notice can be found here.

Submitting Comments

You may submit comments identified by docket number FMCSA-2013-0457 using any one of the following methods. To avoid duplication, please use only one of these four methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
  • Fax: 202-493-2251.
  • Mail: Docket Management Facility (M-30), U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001.
  • Hand delivery: Same as mail address above, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The telephone number is 202-366-9329.

Comments must be received on or before January 2, 2014.

For Further Information Contact: Ms. Courtney Stevenson, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, telephone 202-366-5241 or by email: courtney.stevenson@dot.gov. FMCSA office hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. If you have questions on viewing or submitting material to the docket, call Docket Operations, telephone 202-366-9826.