PrePass, the nation’s electronic preclearance system, announced the opening of its 281st site. The new site is located in Delaware on Route 301 near Middletown. “We are delighted to welcome Delaware to the PrePass system,” says Richard P. Landis, president and chief executive officer of HELP Inc., the public-private partnership that offers PrePass.
PrePass is a sophisticated technology that enables qualified motor carriers to comply electronically with state-established weight, safety and credential requirements and “bypass” these facilities at highway speed. By eliminating weigh station stops and idling in queues, participating motor carriers save time and fuel while reducing related greenhouse gases, PrePass says. Since its inception in 1995, the company has processed more than 345 million weigh station events electronically, saving carriers in excess of 138 million gallons of fuel. Based on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates, those fuel savings have reduced emissions by more than 304,000 metric tons, according to PrePass.
The company says PrePass Plus is fully interoperable with the E-ZPass electronic toll system deployed throughout the Northeastern United States, affording motor carriers the convenience of one account and one in-cab transponder for both weigh station compliance and electronic toll payments. “By using PrePass, Delaware truck inspectors will be able to focus on those carriers most likely to be deficient in their compliance with safety regulations,” Landis says.