SAN DIEGO, Calif. — HELP Inc., the non-profit organization that runs the PrePass weigh station bypass network in the US, celebrated a milestone at the American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition.
The organization, which is a public-private partnership, says there are now 485,000 trucks – including many from Canada – enrolled in the program and enjoying the benefits of scale bypass. An additional 10,000 trucks have enrolled in the past few weeks, after HELP recently announced it reached an all-time record of 475,000 trucks.
Karen Rasmussen, president and CEO of HELP, also said the network is expanding to provide scale bypass opportunities at more locations, including in Delaware, Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
“With 485,719 trucks from 39,506 fleets now enrolled and qualified for PrePass, HELP’s mission to improve trucking efficiency, plus safety for all highway users, has taken another big step forward,” she said. “This achievement affirms our Board’s vision of balancing safety with efficiency by providing motor carriers a total solution that saves them time, fuel and money.”
The program also includes electronic toll payment and account management. One motor carrier executive, who joined Rasmussen at the press conference, said he estimates his company saves $5 to $7 every time its trucks can bypass the weigh station. He also said some drivers ask in job interviews whether or not the company is a PrePass member and won’t join the company if they’re not.
HELP says that since the launch of PrePass, carriers have saved more than 51 million hours of driver time by using the service. It estimates they’ve collectively saved about $4.3 billion in operating costs. Allowing trucks to drive by at highway speed has also saved more than 245 million gallons of diesel and 542,181 tons of emissions.
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