Montana DOT seeing results from new truck inspection technology

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HELP Inc., the public-private partnership that provides 360SmartView, PrePass and other safety services, shared some recent data collected by the Montana Department of Transportation. As deployed in Montana, the 360SmartView truck safety screening system focuses limited enforcement resources on trucks that are out of compliance with safety and credential requirements.

Results, based on data from the 360SmartView system during the first year of operation at Montana’s westbound Billings inspection facility, include:

• A 23 percent increase in violations detected per inspection;

• A 25 percent increase in inspected vehicles falling within FMCSA’s “Inspect” category; and,

• Increases in revenue from temporary fuel and vehicle registration permit sales of 55 and 88 percent.

“360SmartView has produced safety and efficiency benefits for both enforcement agencies and compliant carriers as it has assisted state officials to focus on trucks with known deficiencies” said Karen Rasmussen, president and CEO of HELP Inc.

As deployed in Montana, 360SmartView uses in-station cameras to electronically screen all trucks entering the inspection facility. The system presents roadside enforcement officials with a compliance snapshot based on cloud-based information from the U.S. Department of Transportation and as many as 90 other government data sources.