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Electronic registration and permitting can improve the time required for states to approve permits. Internet applications and other electronic means can facilitate the exchange of credentials data between agencies and carriers.


Ninety-four percent (94 percent) of motor carrier companies surveyed say that electronic credentialing is more convenient, 80 percent saw savings in staff labor time, and 58 percent achieved costs savings over manual methods.(03/02/2009)

Electronic credentialing allowed trucks to be placed into service an average of 3.5 days sooner than paper-based systems.(2 October 2007)

Approximately 50 percent of Commercial Vehicle Information Systems and Networks (CVISN) managers surveyed indicated that CVISN electronic credentialing systems can save staff time and labor, allowing additional support to be assigned to more critical agency functions. (28 February 2007)

In Kentucky and Virginia, state overhead costs required to maintain motor carrier accounts were estimated to decrease 35 percent for each motor carrier participating in electronic credentialing. (March 2002)

An evaluation of CVISN technologies found that electronic credentialing enabled carriers to commission new vehicles 60 percent faster, and saved 60 to 75 percent on credentialing costs by reducing paperwork.(March 2002)

In 2000, a survey of Maryland motor carriers indicated that electronic data interchange and Internet technologies were valued more by carriers with large fleets (25 or more vehicles) that conduct business with state agencies.(14 November 2000)

In the mid-continent transportation corridor, a study of electronic credentialing found that benefit-to-cost ratios for motor carriers and state agencies range from 0.7 to 2.7.(8-12 November 1999)

In Maryland, electronic screening and credentialing systems deployed as part of the CVISN program had an overall estimated benefit-to-cost ratio ranging from 3.28 to 4.68.(November 1998)

Software supporting oversize/overweight permitting enables staff reduction from 21 to 9, statewide. (July 1998)

A series of interviews with commercial vehicle operators across the U.S. indicated that truck and motorcoach drivers are in strong agreement in favor of some ITS applications, but have mixed opinions about other applications. (1997)

A two-year study by the American Trucking Associations Foundation found that the commercial vehicle administrative processes reduced carriers' costs by an estimated 9 to 18 percent when electronic data interchange technology was used. (Fall 1996)

Motor carriers involved in the Automated Mileage and State Line Crossing Operational Test indicated that the automated reporting features tested have the potential to reduce International Fuel Tax Agreement and International Registration Plan reporting costs by 33 to 50 percent.(May 1996)

In 1994, the HELP/Crescent project evaluated the potential benefits of implementing automatic vehicle identification, weigh-in-motion, electronic screening, credentialing, automatic vehicle classification, and integrated communications and databases, and projected that these systems would yield a benefit-to-cost ratio ranging from 4.8:1 to 12:1 for state governments.(February 1994)