This spring, PrePass will assume operation of the 12 mainline pre-clearance inspection sites in Kentucky and install electronic truck weigh-in-motion technology-- which PrePass predicts will save the trucking industry nearly $27 million in operational costs and will reduce greenhouse gases and related emissions by 3,600 metric tons over the next 28 months.

"With PrePass, Kentucky's mainline truck screening system will see a tremendous increase in carrier participation," stated Richard A. Clasby, president & CEO of Help Inc., the public-private partnership that operates PrePass. "As participation increases, so do system benefits to motor carriers, government agencies, manufacturers and the motoring public."

By eliminating weigh station stops and idling in queues, PrePass saves the trucking industry time, money and fuel and enables state inspection staffs to direct their efforts toward the carriers that most require attention, according to Clasby. The public also benefits from improved highway safety and reduced greenhouse gases, he added.

Since its deployment in 1997, Clasby said, PrePass has saved carriers more than $3 billion in operational costs, including fuel savings of more than 191 million gallons. Based on EPA engine idle reduction estimates, since its inception in 1995, PrePass has reduced emissions by more than 421 thousand metric tons.

More than 415,000 trucks have enrolled in the PrePass weigh station service nationwide.

PrePass is operational at weigh stations and/or toll plazas in 38 states, including: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. In addition, PrePass' electronic toll collection companion service is operational in many states.