February 14, 2012 08:03 ET

Kentucky Deployment of PrePass® Truck Safety Technology to Improve Safety; Reduce Fuel Consumption and Emissions; Boost Industry Efficiency

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - Feb 14, 2012) - Over the next 28 months, Kentucky's adoption of PrePass® truck technology will save the trucking industry and the Kentucky manufacturers they serve, nearly $27 million in operational costs and will reduce greenhouse gases and related emissions by 3,600 metric tons, in addition to improving safety for the motoring public.

PrePass will assume operation of the 12 mainline preclearance inspection sites in Kentucky in the Spring 2012. These preclearance sites have been operated by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet since the mid1990s.

"With PrePass, Kentucky's mainline truck screening system will see a tremendous increase in carrier participation," stated Richard A. Clasby, president and CEO of HELP Incorporated, the public-private partnership that operates PrePass. "As participation increases, so do system benefits to motor carriers, government agencies, manufacturers and the motoring public."

By eliminating weigh station stops and idling in queues, PrePass saves the trucking industry time, money and fuel and enables state inspection staff to direct their efforts toward the carriers that most require attention. The public also benefits from improved highway safety and reduced greenhouse gases.

Since its deployment in 1997, PrePass has saved carriers more than $3 billion in operational costs, including fuel savings of more than 191 million gallons. Based on EPA engine idle reduction estimates, since its inception in 1995, PrePass has reduced emissions by more than 421 thousand metric tons.

About PrePass

More than 415,000 trucks have enrolled in the PrePass weigh station service nationwide. PrePass is operational at weigh stations and/or toll plazas in 38 states, including: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. PrePass enables states to meet Federal CVISN requirements. In addition, PrePass' electronic toll collection companion service is operational in many states.

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