HELP Inc., the non-profit public/private partnership that provides PrePass weigh-station bypass and truck- safety screening services, has announced that in May, participation in the nationwide system surpassed 475,000 pre-screened and qualified commercial trucks.

“This is a significant accomplishment for HELP Inc. and PrePass because it illustrates the success of our primary mission which is to improve safety for all highway users while increasing efficiency for the commercial trucking industry,” said Karen Rasmussen, HELP Inc.'s president & CEO. “At many PrePass sites, the system also protects our roads by helping officers identify overweight trucks so they can get them off the road.”

With 304 operational sites in 31 states, PrePass said it is the largest truck safety pre-clearance system in North America.  The operation noted that, in the next few weeks, new sites will open in Louisiana, Mississippi and Oklahoma, with another eight sites in various stages of planning in a number of other states.

“Our company was one of the earliest to be qualified for PrePass when the program was first getting started, and as our fleet has grown and our business needs have changed, PrePass has consistently saved us time and fuel through safe bypasses,” said Dennis Firestone, president & CEO of Pomona, CA-based KKW Trucking, Inc.

“Though in all honesty, the most important reason we signed with PrePass is because we identified how important it is for our drivers,” he continued. “Recruiting and retaining drivers has become our single largest challenge and we have found PrePass to be a very inexpensive yet important benefit to offer them.”