LAS VEGAS – The provider of PrePass unveiled a new business intelligence tool on Saturday, before the start of the American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition, that is says revolutionizes the way carriers look at their safety data.
Called InfoRM, the service gives carriers the information they need to understand the anatomy of Inspection Selection System (ISS) scores. This score is the key factor enforcement agencies use to determine which trucks to inspect.
According to HELP Inc., InfoRM provides an unprecedented level of data and helps fleets quantify fleet safety trends to improve safety scores.
“Fleets now have a tool that allows them to create a plan for immediate safety improvements,” said Mark Doughty, vice president and chief operating officer of HELP. “Carriers can clearly identify the issues that are adversely affecting their safety scores. These new data dashboards enable fleets to create awareness across their organization and facilitate changes in areas such as vehicle maintenance and driver behavior.”
PrePass safety and bypass data has always been available to HELP’s customers, but InfoRM takes all that information and aggregates it into a user-friendly dashboard to create a one-stop shop of information for carriers, according to HELP Inc.
InfoRM provides a carrier with a company snapshot that includes:
- An interactive map of truck inspection and violation locations by state, city and highway;
- Search by VIN number, site, violation and equipment to identify clusters and trends; and
- Historical views of inspections and violations, with the ability to export data and integrate it into other fleet management tools.
PrePass determines a carrier’s ability to bypass a weigh station based in part on a fleet’s Inspection Selection System score determined by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
The score is derived from motor carrier safety performance data in areas of crash history, inspection history, driver history and safety management experience. The recommendations range from “inspect” for motor carriers with poor safety performance in one or more Safety Evaluation Areas and for carriers with little or no safety data, to “pass” for carriers with good safety performance data.
“It is important for carriers to have visibility and an understanding of each of these areas to ensure safe and efficient operations,” said Steve Vaughn, HELP’s national director of field operations. Vaughn is the former chief of the California Highway Patrol’s Enforcement Services Division.
“For instance, if the topography of a certain area tends to make a truck go through brakes faster, then law enforcement assigned to that area may focus on brake checks," he said. "If a carrier sees that trend through InfoRM, they can perhaps change their brake maintenance practices or even modify a driver’s braking behavior.”
HELP Inc. said it maintains the most robust and accurate fleet safety database in the industry by compiling the most current data sets, including CVIEW/SAFER carrier records maintained by the FMCSA and information provided by more than 100 different state sources. HELP analyzes and corrects data errors prior to importing into the PrePass credentials database.
“InfoRM creates a level playing field for everyone concerned about safety by identifying the key issues putting a carrier’s trucks out of service or resulting in frequent citations by location – providing the carrier actionable data for addressing those concerns,” said Doughty.
PrePass said it is the only weigh station bypass system to also offer electronic tolling coast-to-coast, complete integration with weigh-in-motion technology, and now the InforRM fleet safety portal. HELP Inc. introduced PrePass in 1993 and currently serves 550,000 commercial trucks, including 51,000 fleets, for weigh station bypassing and electronic toll payment services.