PHOENIX — The North Carolina State Highway Patrol recently notified HELP Inc., the nonprofit provider of PrePass, to proceed with the deployment of truck pre-clearance and weigh station bypass at 10 additional locations throughout the state.
North Carolina became a PrePass state in 2015 when the service was deployed at the Hillsborough weigh stations on Interstate 40.
The following locations will be able to process PrePass qualified trucks approximately within the next 60 days:
“We are pleased to see the expansion of PrePass in our state,” said Lt. Terry Robinson, head of North Carolina State Highway Patrol’s commercial vehicle enforcement programs. “Building on the success of the original integration of PrePass with NCPass at Hillsborough, we look forward to providing increased efficiencies to facilitate safe freight movement in North Carolina,” he said.
“We are pleased to have the opportunity to expand HELP’s safety investment in North Carolina,” said HELP Inc. President & CEO Karen Rasmussen. “The state just deployed PrePass only two years ago, but officials have already experienced the benefits of our reliable transponder technology and the fact that PrePass helps keep traffic moving safely while saving time and money for carriers.”
HELP Inc.is a public private partnership serving the trucking industry and state safety agencies by promoting highway safety and efficiency in commercial transportation. Since North Carolina’s two PrePass sites opened in late 2015, carriers in the state have logged 465,476 successful weigh station bypasses as of April 30, 2017. This translates to 38,790 hours and 186,190 gallons of fuel saved, translating to $4,040,332 in operational cost savings.
In addition to weigh station bypass, HELP also offers electronic toll payment options through PrePass Plus, along with InfoRM, a comprehensive safety management tool that helps fleets understand their safety scores and inspection history. InfoRM helps fleets make improvements to vehicle maintenance, driver behavior, uptime and safety to ensure they continue to receive bypasses.
Nationwide, since HELP began compiling data in 1997, PrePass has logged 756 million operational weigh station bypasses resulting in more than $5.5 billion in savings to motor carriers to date. Currently, approximately 550,000 commercial trucks from more than 55,000 fleets use PrePass for bypassing and electronic toll payment.