What are ISS Scores for Truckers?
by Apex Capital | July 14, 2015
Did you know there’s a score that can tell you if you’re likely to get pulled over for an inspection?
Inspection Selection System (ISS) scores are a part of the FMCSA’s Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS) and are used by law enforcement officers to pick which trucks and truck drivers to pull over for roadside safety inspections. Your ISS score is tied to your DOT number, so officers can get your score quickly from their system.
ISS scores use a combination of a carrier’s Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs), CSA scores, and SafeStat rates to give carriers an overall inspection rating from 1 to 100.
Your ISS scores are determined by:
- Unsafe Driving
- Hours of Service (HOS)
- Driver Fitness
- Controlled Substances and Alcohol
- Vehicle Maintenance and Cargo
- Hazardous Material
ISS ratings are broken down to “inspect, optional, or pass.” The lower the score, the “safer” the carrier.
- Inspect: 75-100
- Optional: 50-74
- Pass: 1-49
ISS scores can determine how often you’ll get inspected. Though some roadside inspections are based on random selection, most are done as a result of the ISS score, so carriers who have “inspect” or “optional” ratings will be more likely to be inspected.
You can find out your ISS score by logging into your carrier profile at https://portal.fmcsa.dot.gov/login using your U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)-issued PIN. Log-in to your account and you will see the “Company Information” section in the middle of the main screen. Toward the bottom, click the blue panel labeled “Inspection Selection System (ISS) Info.” You’ll also see the ISS Recommendation and the Basis for Recommendation.
For more information on ISS scores, go to the FMCSA website.
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