October 27, 2009 11:17 ET

PrePass Weigh Station Technology Blazes Solar Trail

Solar Technology Performance Robust for Six Months

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - October 27, 2009) - PrePass weigh station service is now using sun power to verify truck compliance with state requirements on U.S. 1 near Flagler, Florida.

"PrePass' pioneering efforts can blaze a trail for a more sustainable and eco-friendly transportation system as other intelligent transportation technologies follow suit," said Richard P. Landis, president and CEO of HELP, Inc., the public private partnership that offers the weigh station technology.

PrePass is a sophisticated system that enables qualified trucks to comply electronically with state safety, registration and weight requirements at highway speeds. By avoiding weigh station stops and idling in queues, trucks save time, reduce fuel consumption and contribute to a cleaner and safer transportation system.

"PrePass electronically processed more than 55 million weigh station events in 2008, saving carriers more than 22 million gallons of fuel. Based on Environmental Protection Agency data, PrePass has reduced emissions at least 222 thousand metric tons, the equivalent of more than 11,000 U.S. households.

Solar power is created from a small cluster of photovoltaic cells mounted on top of Florida's roadside PrePass reader. An on-site battery array enables energy to be stored for powering the reader during inclement periods of up to 8 days.

Florida's Flagler site is one of 24 locations within the state using PrePass weigh station technology.

Beginning in November, PrePass will unveil an expanded suite of services that help truckers manage fleets, control costs and improve highway safety. To be among the first to preview the new services, sign up at

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Nearly 415,000 trucks have enrolled in the PrePass weigh station service nationwide. PrePass and its electronic toll collection companion service are operational at weigh stations and/or toll plazas in 35 states, including: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. PrePass enables states to meet Federal CVISN requirements.

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