since launching in July 2001.
Also available through the state of Kansas Web site (www.accessKansas.org), TruckingKS provides a user-friendly one-stop shop for motor carriers by integrating services from several state agencies into a single portal. In addition to offering state-specific services, the portal includes information about the local and federal government agencies that govern the motor carrier industry in Kansas.
An online motor carrier permitting system was the first service offered through the portal in July 2001. Since launching, the application has sold more than 13,000 permits online, and 15% of all motor carrier permits issued in Kansas are now processed over the Internet.
The online authority renewal service is one of the motor carrier portal's most popular offerings. Introduced in October 2001 as a joint effort between the Information Network of Kansas and the Kansas Corporation Commission, this system allows motor carriers that operate in Kansas to renew both their single state registration (SSRS) and their intrastate authorities online. Online usage doubled in the first year, and more than 21% of all authority renewals were processed over the Internet during the 2003 renewal period.
Sheila Walker, director of the Kansas Department of Revenue's Division of Vehicles, says the TruckingKS portal has exceeded expectations. "Online IRP renewals and supplements have been phenomenal. There probably aren't too many other applications that can boast about these high adoption rates in the first year," Walker said.