June 27, 2013 08:00 ET

Trucking Endorsements Validate Continued Savings and Safety of PrePass Program

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwired - Jun 27, 2013) - State trucking associations in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and Utah have announced new endorsements of HELP Inc.'s PrePass service. To date, 27 state trucking associations have endorsed PrePass.

"We welcome these new partnerships and look forward to deepening our relationships with these organizations and their motor carrier members as HELP services continue to grow," said Karen Rasmussen, President and CEO of HELP Inc., the public-private partnership that provides PrePass, PrePass Plus, 360SmartView and other safety and efficiency services.

PrePass is the largest preclearance system in North America, available at more than 300 inspection facilities in 31 states. Through PrePass, nearly 450,000 pre-qualified commercial vehicles can comply electronically with federal and state safety, weight and credential requirements, permitting them to bypass PrePass-equipped inspection facilities at highway speed.

"With truckers having to balance new hours of service restrictions against increased congestion, every minute saved goes directly to the bottom line," Rasmussen said. "By even the most conservative estimates, not having to enter an inspection station saves a minimum of five to eight minutes and conserves a half-gallon of fuel. That's a direct economic benefit of over $8 per bypass."

"From a state perspective, it's the voluntary participation by trucking companies that creates value," added Rasmussen. "These new endorsements reinforce HELP's belief that PrePass continues to provide the best value carriers seek for secure, reliable technology, with no driver distraction."

HELP Inc. (HELP) is transportation's premier, not-for-profit partnership whose mission is to improve highway safety and efficiency. Celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year, HELP ensures its initiatives benefit both public and private sectors through safety policies developed by 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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