Kentucky will adopt PrePass truck technology, which allows participating transponder-equipped commercial vehicles to bypass designated weigh stations, port-of-entry facilities and agricultural interdiction facilities.

PrePass will assume operation of the 12 mainline preclearance inspection sites in Kentucky in the Spring 2012. These preclearance sites have been operated by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet since the mid 1990s.

"With PrePass, Kentucky's mainline truck screening system will see a tremendous increase in carrier participation," says Richard A. Clasby, president and 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 staff to direct their efforts toward the carriers that most require attention.

During the next 28 months, it's estimated that PrePass will save nearly $27 million in operational costs and will reduce greenhouse gases and related emissions by 3,600 metric tons.

Since its deployment in 1997, 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 421,000 metric tons.