May 9, 2017

PrePass® Brings Weigh Station Bypass Service to North Dakota

PrePass-approved trucks will soon receive the green light to bypass weigh stations in North Dakota. HELP Inc., the provider of PrePass, is pleased to announce North Dakota is the 33rd state to offer its weigh station bypass service, beginning with sites at Mooreton and Williston. The North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) also will deploy mobile PrePass equipment at various locations around the state.

“We are excited our commercial vehicle enforcement officers will soon have PrePass at both fixed and mobile sites to electronically screen carriers for safety, credential and in some places weight compliance,” Colonel Michael Gerhart Jr. of the NDHP said. “This capability will allow our officers to focus their attention on carriers that may have compliance concerns while allowing compliant carriers to bypass inspection sites, saving everyone both time and money.”

In addition to deploying PrePass in North Dakota, HELP recently signed renewed agreements with three longtime PrePass partner states – Arizona, California and Missouri. Arizona deployed PrePass in 1993 at its eight ports of entry. Since 1993, more than 33 million successful bypasses have occurred at these PrePass sites, saving drivers more than 2,800,000 hours and roughly $247 million in operating costs.

California was an original pilot state for what later became PrePass, and also fully deployed the system in 1993. Since then, more than 100 million bypasses have occurred at the state’s 35 sites, saving carriers more than $722 million in operational costs.

Missouri, which first deployed PrePass in 2002, has also awarded a new contract to HELP after completion of a bidding process. Nineteen weigh stations use PrePass and more than 31 million successful bypasses in the “Show-Me” state have saved carriers nearly $235 million.

Nationwide, since HELP began compiling data in 1997, PrePass has logged 751 million operational weigh station bypasses resulting in more than $5.5 billion in savings to motor carriers as of March 2017.