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May 22, 2002
S. Printed 5/22/02--H.
Read the first time April 30, 2002.
To whom was referred a Concurrent Resolution (S. 1196) to endorse the deployment of the PrePass electronic preclearance system in South Carolina and to request the Department of Public Safety, etc., respectfully
That they have duly and carefully considered the same and recommend that the same do pass:
RONALD N. FLEMING for Committee.
TO ENDORSE THE DEPLOYMENT OF THE PREPASS ELECTRONIC PRECLEARANCE SYSTEM IN SOUTH CAROLINA AND TO REQUEST THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY TO IMPLEMENT THIS SYSTEM.
Whereas, PrePass electronically identifies subscribing commercial vehicles, verifies state-required operating credentials, and checks both axle and gross weight as trucks bypass designated weigh stations and port-of-entry facilities at highway speed, therefore eliminating the need to stop at weigh stations; and
Whereas, electronic preclearance reduces motor carrier costs, increases manufacturer productivity, and improves highway safety; and
Whereas, the PrePass electronic preclearance system is a system developed and maintained by a non-profit entity and has been adopted by 23 other states, including several neighboring states; and
Whereas, participation will be strictly voluntary and strictly limited to carriers meeting established safety and credential criteria; and
Whereas, there shall be minimal state deployment and operation costs. Costs are recouped through fees collected from participating motor carriers, rather than funded by diverting highway user and safety enforcement fees; and
Whereas, PrePass policies are the product of a board of directors comprised of an equal number of motor carriers and state officials to ensure the system provides benefits to both parties; and
Whereas, this system is preferable to other similar systems because carriers can participate without initial up-front fees, long-term contracts, or transponder purchase fees; and
Whereas, South Carolina motor carriers strongly support the deployment of PrePass electronic preclearance in South Carolina. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the Senate, the House of Representatives concurring:
That the members of the General Assembly, by this resolution, endorse the deployment of the PrePass electronic preclearance system in South Carolina and request the Department of Public Safety to move forward as quickly as possible to implement this system.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the Department of Public Safety.
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