Prepass saving truckers time and money

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(KSL News) A new technology is allowing truckers to bypass long wait times at Utah weigh stations, saving time, money and even the environment one truck at a time.

Gov. Jon Huntsman toured the Perry Port of Entry today, where he saw firsthand how the Prepass bypass system works. Truck drivers using Prepass transponders have their safety records checked, credentials verified and their weight confirmed without even leaving the highway.

Prepass officials say drivers save nearly a half-gallon of high-priced diesel by staying on the road, and truckers say that's a pretty good deal. Trucker Tom Draper told us, "It saves money, it saves time. Why didn't someone think of this before?"

Since the introduction of Prepass in Utah, officials say 934,000 gallons of diesel have been saved. And by cutting down on idle engine time at weigh stations, truck drivers also cut down on emissions.

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