Lexington, Ky. -(July 8, 2005)- The North American Preclearance and Safety System (NORPASS)
Service Center announced today the addition of South Dakota to the ranks of NORPASS members. South
Dakota joins Alaska, British Columbia, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, New York, Utah, and
Washington as full members in the public-private partnership.
“We are delighted to welcome South Dakota to the NORPASS Partnership,” commented Kendra Adams,
President of NORPASS and Deputy Director of the New York State Motor Truck Association. “They
have shown a strong commitment to enhancing the safety and efficiency of commercial vehicle operationsthroughout North America. Their membership brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the NORPASS Partnership, and I look forward to working with them to accomplish our common goals.”
Each member of NORPASS occupies two seats on the Board of Directors. One seat is for a
representative of the lead public agency in the State, and the other is for a representative of the motor carrier industry. For South Dakota, those seats will be filled by Captain Pat Fahey of the South Dakota Highway Patrol and Myron Rau, Executive Vice-President of the South Dakota Trucking Association.
Captain Fahey offered the following comment. “In South Dakota, we believe strongly in the principles of open systems, interoperability, and sharing of data across jurisdictional lines. Those principles are centralcomponents of the NORPASS philosophy.”
From the perspective of South Dakota’s trucking community, Mr. Rau provided the following comments:”We are extremely pleased that South Dakota has decided to join NORPASS. The NORPASS
Partnership focuses on providing value to the motor carrier. There is no cost to the trucker for
participating, and NORPASS fully supports the concept of one transponder per truck. That is something we believe in very strongly.”
NORPASS is a public-private partnership consisting of state/provincial agencies and motor carrier
representatives. The partnership exists to enhance the safety and efficiency of commercial vehicle
operations in North America through the implementation of open, interoperable systems for commercial vehicle electronic screening.
For more information on NORPASS call Mark Spellman at 877-2BGREEN (877-224-7336) or visit