New weigh station bypass sites in California, Wisconsin and Wyoming
PHOENIX, AZ – PrePass-approved trucks are now eligible for weigh station pre-clearance and bypass at new locations near Mt. Pass, Calif., Superior, Wis., and Sundance, Wyo. In addition, HELP Inc. recently installed new weigh-in-motion (WIM) scales at two PrePass locations near Cheyenne, Wyo.
Since the first PrePass sites were established in 1993, HELP Inc. has invested over $700 million on state infrastructure, data, technology and supporting customer services to create a nationwide system that has provided 727,145,759 successful weigh station bypasses through October 2016. This has saved the trucking industry an estimated 290,858,304 gallons of fuel and reduced truck-related emissions by 637,860 metric tons.
PrePass utilizes reliable transponder technology that ensures 99.9 percent accurate data transmission while keeping drivers focused on the road. PrePass is a service offered by HELP Inc., a non-profit public private partnership serving the trucking industry and government agencies by promoting safety and efficiency in commercial transportation.
“HELP continues to invest in the efficiency of our state partners and the growth of PrePass,” said Karen Rasmussen, President & CEO of HELP Inc. “These investments provide benefits to the states and carriers that other screening and bypass technology cannot match. With the use of transponder technology, states can correctly identify the vehicle virtually 100 percent of the time, correlate it with the company’s safety and credentials, and accurately read the vehicle’s weight as it passes over a WIM, giving officials confidence that only qualified trucks are getting bypasses.”
For a carrier, PrePass transponders mean no delayed or dropped signals, no misidentification of the vehicle and no false bypass signals.
California was the first state to deploy PrePass technology in 1993, with 35 sites open in the state today. Since HELP began compiling data in 1997, carriers have received over 97 million safe bypasses in the state, with an estimated industry cost savings of driver time and fuel cost equaling $695,751,795. The new Mt. Pass location is situated on I-15 south of the Nevada state line.
Wisconsin first deployed PrePass in 2001 and has enabled 3.1 million safe bypasses. The new Wisconsin site is located at highways 2 and 63 approximately six miles east of Superior. Another new PrePass site in Sundance, Wyo., resides on I-90 westbound, approximately 17 miles west of the South Dakota state line. Wyoming deployed PrePass in 1997 and has enabled over 16 million bypasses at its seven sites.
In addition to the new sites, new weigh-in-motion scales were installed and are now open at PrePass locations on I-25 northbound and I-80 westbound near Cheyenne, Wyo.
Over a half million trucks from more than 51,000 fleets are currently enrolled in and qualified for PrePass commercial vehicle pre-clearance and bypass services. Since 1997, PrePass has saved carriers an estimated $5.3 billion in operational costs.
About HELP Inc. Innovative trucking company leaders, enforcement agencies and state DOTs founded HELP Inc. in 1993 to improve highway safety and efficiency. As North America’s most successful non-profit public/private partnership serving the trucking industry and commercial enforcement, HELP has invested more than $700 million to deploy PrePass weigh station bypassing, PrePass Plus electronic toll payment and other truck safety technologies to improve safety, reduce truck-related emissions and preserve highway infrastructure. To ensure HELP’s investments benefit both its public sector partners and its private sector customers, HELP’s policies are developed by a board of directors with an equal number of representatives from each sector. For more information, visit us at www.helpinc.us. For information about PrePass, visit www.prepass.com.