Help Inc.

October 09, 2012 08:00 ET

Carrier Support Strong for Transponder Truck Screening and Expanded Functionality

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - Oct 9, 2012) - In a recent survey of more than 800 motor carriers Help Inc. found strong support for the security, reliability and integrity of PrePass transponders for screening trucks. Electronic preclearance ranked as the most important technology for creating industry efficiency, with 84 percent of respondents saying that PrePass is important or very important for their operations. Looking forward, carriers expressed strong support for the integration of onboard technology for applications such as truck screening, hours of service monitoring, credentials, permitting and real-time vehicle operational characteristics.

According to Richard A. Clasby, president and CEO of Help, "We're proud to be the preclearance partners with 96 percent of America's top 100 motor carriers. We credit our PrePass transponder technology as delivering the performance, reliability and system integrity needed to assure carriers their data and their driver's privacy remains protected."

95 percent of the carrier respondents said they were happy with the current PrePass transponder and the functionality it provides. Additionally, an overwhelming majority of carriers, more than 80 percent, expressed support for the use of transponders to carry registration, permit, credential and electronic license plate information. Half of the carriers also supported the use of transponders to process payment for these types of services.

The survey identified lesser support for the deployment of mobile solutions in a moving truck, with less than 20 percent of respondents indicating any interest in using smart phone applications, and nearly 45 percent saying they did not want smart phones active in their trucks.

"The fact fewer than 20 percent of carriers are turning to smartphone applications underscores carrier concern over distracted driving and data privacy," Clasby concluded.

Help Inc. (Help) is transportation's premier, not-for-profit partnership. Its mission is to improve highway safety and efficiency. Help ensures its initiatives benefit the public and private sectors through a board comprised of an equal number of public officials and commercial vehicle operators. Help provides each state with control over its service offerings to accommodate each jurisdiction's unique needs, staffing and enforcement priorities. Help's investment of more than $400 million has sped the deployment of ITS and has improved safety, air quality and highway preservation.

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