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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                           November 8, 2000
NEWS FROM: Nevada Highway Patrol                                                                             00-141

Nevada Highway Patrol to Unveil Mobile PrePass System
Nevada first in nation to implement mobile electronic screening at inspection station

Carson City, N V-Officials from the Nevada Highway Patrol, the Department of Motor Vehicles and Public Safety and the Nevada Department of Transportation provided news media with a look at the deployment of the Mobile PrePass System on Wednesday, November 8. The Mobile PrePass System demonstration at the Mustang exit off of I-80 showed attendees how commercial vehicles comply electronically, via a transponder that is fixed to the window of the vehicle, with state and federal regulations while bypassing participating truck inspection stations at highway speeds. This unique electronic device gives NHP commercial enforcement officers confirmation of the carrier's credentials, including fuel taxes, registration and insurance information.

After all the information is verified, the transponder directs the driver with both visual and audible signals. If all is in order, a green light and tone advise the driver to bypass. Otherwise, a red light and a tone alerts the driver to pull into the inspection station for processing, just as trucks without PrePass do. The entire procedure is conducted at normal highway speeds and typically takes less than four seconds.

DMV&PS Director, Richard Kirkland, said the Mobile PrePass system is funded by HELP, Inc./PrePass at no cost to Nevada taxpayers. "This technology will provide our NHP commercial enforcement officers the opportunity to direct their time and efforts to non-PrePass carriers who must stop at our NHP inspection sites," Kirkland said.

Benefits to participating PrePass carriers who are not required to stop at inspection stations include: the cost savings associated with avoiding lost time while at the inspection site, expended fuel and delay in product delivery.

For more information on the Mobile PrePass system, contact NHP Program Manager Jim Rhode at 775-684-4653.