ISS Recommendation

This is the latest ISS Recommendation for a DOT officer evaluating the need for an inspection when a commercial vehicle passes over a DOT inspection facility or scale. When the DOT officer enters our DOT number or MC number into their computer, this is the information that the officer will see. As you can see below, this is the score that the company I drive for recently received. Most of our drivers are on a first name basis with our local DOT office. This score takes into account all of our terminals across the country. Out of our terminal, we have a total of 7 drivers, with a combined total of over 60 years driving experience and several million miles of safe driving. It just goes to show how another terminal can affect your local office.


Inspection Selection System (ISS-D) Recommendation*
(As of April 27, 2007)
Carrier Name: ***, INC
US DOT #: 730273 MC #: 334086
ISS Inspection Value: 98
ISS Recommendation: INSPECT
Basis for Recommendation: Safety
* The ISS-D monthly run evaluates carriers’ recent inspections activity. The ISS results are generated along with SafeStat on a monthly basis and are posted on A&I Online.

The Inspection Selection System (ISS-D)

The Inspection Selection System (ISS-D) is a decision-aid for commercial vehicle roadside driver/vehicle safety inspections, which guides safety inspectors in selecting vehicles for inspection.

ISS Inspection Value: The ISS Inspection Value is based on the motor carrier’s safety performance data. In the case when there is sufficient motor carrier safety performance data available, the value is assigned from information derived from SafeStat results, which reviews safety performance in areas of crash history, inspection history, driver history, and safety management experience. When a motor carrier has little information on file, the ISS Inspection Value is based on an ‘Insufficient Data Algorithm’, which determines the inspection value by weighting the carrier size and the number of past inspections. Refer to the Inspection Selection System description, for an explanation of the value’s calculation.

ISS Recommendation: The ISS Inspection Value forms the basis for the ISS recommendation. The recommendation ranges from ‘Inspect’, for motor carriers with poor safety performance in one or more Safety Evaluation Areas (SEAs) and for carriers with little or no safety data, to ‘Pass’ for carriers with good safety performance data. The three recommendations listed are below.

Recommendation ISS Inspection Value
Inspect (inspection warranted) 75-100
Optional (may be worth a look) 50-74
Pass (no inspection required) 1-49
Basis for Recommendation: The Basis for Recommendation describes the method that was used to calculate the ISS Inspection Value. There are two methods for calculating an ISS inspection value:

  • The “Safety” method assigns this recommendation based on SafeStat results, which applies to carriers with sufficient safety performance data.
  • The “Insufficient Data” method is based on an ‘Insufficient Data Algorithm’, which applies to carriers that have little or no safety performance data available.

Click here to access the Inspection Selection System description, a system designed to prioritize carriers for roadside inspection. This link defines “How ISS-D works”.

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