Benefit

CVO inspectors participating in CVISN focus groups felt that CVISN technology saved time, and improved the speed and accuracy of data reporting.


March 2002
Nationwide,United States


Summary Information

This study examined CVISN (Commercial Vehicle Information Systems and Networks) and evaluated the impacts of electronic screening, electronic credentialing, and safety information exchange on commercial vehicle operations in "truck shed" states. In 1996, Maryland and Virginia initiated a prototype program designed to develop standards and evaluate baseline conditions. By 1999, five states including Maryland, Virginia, Connecticut, Kentucky, and Oregon were actively engaged in the CVISN pilot. These programs were analyzed to evaluate the benefits and costs of CVISN prior to national deployment.

Customer satisfaction studies were conducted. Three-hundred and seventy (370) questionnaires were collected from CVO inspectors and 50 inspectors participated in focus groups.

FINDINGS

Overall, CVO inspectors participating in interviews and focus groups felt the CVISN technology saved time, and improved the speed and accuracy of data reporting.

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Source

Evaluation of the Commercial Vehicle Information Systems and Networks (CVISN) Model Deployment Initiative: Volume I - Final Report

Author: Orban, John E., et al.

Published By: Federal Highway Administration, U.S. DOT

Prepared by Battelle and the Charles River Associates for the U.S. DOT

Source Date: March 2002

EDL Number: 13677

URL: http://ntl.bts.gov/lib//jpodocs/repts_te//13677.html

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Benefits From This Source

CVO inspectors participating in CVISN focus groups felt that CVISN technology saved time, and improved the speed and accuracy of data reporting.

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.

An evaluation of CVISN technologies found that electronic screening techniques that promote compliance with commercial vehicle safety inspections could prevent thousands of truck accidents each year.

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.

Most truck drivers who participated in an evaluation of CVISN technology felt that electronic screening saved them time but lacked a set of standards governing inspection selection; motor carriers were concerned with the cost-effectiveness of the technology.

Costs From This Source

Based on data from Maryland and Kentucky, the costs to deploy a CVISN electronic credentialing system ranges from $464,802 to $935,906.

Using data from Kentucky and Connecticut, statewide deployment of the safety information exchange system cost approximately $650,000.

Using data from Kentucky and Connecticut, the initial deployment of full CVISN electronic screening at a static scale site is $522,252. The cost of upgrading each additional site to full CVISN electronic screening is $303,540.

Benefit ID: 2007-00488