FMCSA’s Inspection Selection System and How It Works

In an effort to prioritize and select which carriers should undergo a roadside safety inspection, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration utilizes a rating program called the Inspection Selection System (ISS).  This system is accessible by roadside inspectors and grades a carrier using an algorithm taking into account their entire safety performance history.  Here’s how it works:

Every carrier that is registered in the Motor Carrier Management Information System is assigned an ISS inspection value, which is ranked on a scale of 1-100.  This value is then used to recommend to inspectors whether a carrier warrants an inspection.

Values are based partly off of a carrier’s seven Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs) scores: unsafe driving, hours-of-service compliance, driver fitness, controlled substances and alcohol, vehicle maintenance, hazardous materials compliance, and crash indicator.

Values are as follows (as indicated by the FMCSA):

1-49:  Passing.  Does not warrant an inspection.

50-74:  Optional.  Inspection is warranted and is a “next level priority.”  Includes “insurance/other serious violations, carriers with single BASIC prioritized for intervention that is best addressed roadside, carriers with unsafe & crash indicator BASICs prioritized for intervention, and carriers with single unsafe or crash indicator BASIC prioritized for intervention.” 1

75-100:  Inspect.  Top priority inspection is warranted.  These include those carriers that are out-of-service, high-risk, and/or have “multiple BASICs prioritized for intervention.” 1

Road Scholar Transport’s ISS Score is as follows:

Inspection Selection System (ISS) Info

ISS Inspection Score:  37

ISS Recommendation:  Pass

Basis for Recommendation:  Safety

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1https://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/sms/helpfiles/iss_algorithm.pdf