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PrePass: 475k trucks using service

| July 08, 2014

PrePass weigh station bypass service announced July 8 that its participation in May reached 475,000, a record-high for the company. 

PrePass has 304 opreation sites in 31 states and is the largest truck safety pre-clearance system in North America. New sites will open in Louisiana, Mississippi and Oklahoma in the coming weeks, the company said, with another eight sites planned in a number of states afterward. 

“This is a significant accomplishment for HELP Inc. and PrePass because it illustrates the success of our primary mission to improve safety for all highway users while increasing efficiency for the commercial trucking industry,” said Karen Rasmussen, HELP Inc.’s president and CEO. “At many PrePass sites, the system also protects our roads by helping officers identify overweight trucks so they can get them off the road.”

  • Patty Cakes

    Why are they not suing the ‘ Air Nazi’s ‘ also ? ! ? !

    Were it not for the Air Nazi’s, nobody would have a complaint or a allegedly Defective Product …. right ! ! !

  • bar code

    And all those companies have restrictions that make them problems happen like rpm, and speed governor that limit the power of the trucks and make it work more to do the Jobe it was made to do

  • Mike Smith

    I was at n auction 2 wks ago & there where over 10 Prostars w/ 200 to 300k miles on them. They had MAXFORCE engines. They sold for $37,000. I would not have bought one for any reason.

    Imagine, selling off 10+ trucks & getting rid of them at a total loss of $1 million.

    All these losers need to file lawsuits against the state of CALIFORNIA. Why is there no talk of suing these bastards in CA? they have caused a lot of damage to so many.

  • pupeperson

    I’m not gonna defend Navistar, becauset hey were selling an inadequate product, and were likely hyping it beyond its’ capabilities. That said, don’t these companies bear some responsibility here? It was pretty much common knowledge that the MaxxForce engines were deficient and that the Navistar trucks had the lowest initial purchase price because of it. What ever happened to “caviat emptor” (buyer beware). These companies bought the cheapest stuff they could find and now want to sue because they were stupid. Ford sold some Edsels too. Companies big and small alike all hype their stuff as the best, but everyone should know they can’t ALL be best, now cas they?

  • localnet

    I made the mistake of buying an International, thank God it has a Cummins, which is the only good thing on the truck, that and the Tri-Pak APU… Been in more than my fair share of International stealer shops in the past 7 months, like every few weeks… Maxxforce motors with softball sized holes in the blocks are a common sight… I was in one shop that had three of them sitting on the shop floor in the process of being crated up…

    If you are in the market to purchase a truck, stay away from International unless you own your own shop and have a hundred thousand dollars in tools, along with allot of free time that you do not need to work… I have owned many trucks over the years, and have never experienced anything as bad as the ProStar. And the dealers, I have never been treated so poorly in my life. Then the prices, $740 for a heater core? That is the tiny little radiator that goes under the dash behind the firewall, $740! I got the part number, Peterbilt carries them, $200 overnighted to my mechanic, not the International dealer… And that parts list goes on and on… I can now understand why bailing wire and duct tape is so popular with International owners…

  • jimhalfwit

    The problems at Navistar are cultural. We purchased a few IHCs in the 1970s and discovered the low level of interest in post sale support from corporate. We didn’t buy any more IHC/Navistar until the 1990s. It took a couple of years, but we discovered nothing had changed. In addition to the usual no parts/wrong parts, we had a new serpent to deal with, the engine computer, its sensors and related wiring. We got the old, sorry we can’t do anything treatment. We were fortunate to stay away when the serpent morphed into Maxxforce. Navistar is the only American truck manufacturer left in business. For how long remains to be seen.

  • David S. McQueen

    While you are correct in the “caveat emptor” area, the problem is that the manufacturer cannot represent its product with fraudulent claims (i.e., make misstatements of material facts). There is also the implied warranty of “fitness for purpose” (a truck should actually start and run without breaking down). It appears on its face that Navistar produced a bad product and the REAL question is: did they know it was bad and did they conceal that fact?

  • localnet

    At the rate they are going, not very long. They were facing real bankruptcy issues here not long ago, and I can only imagine it has to be much worse now.

    Meanwhile, they are doing their best to destroy their customer base, with dealers that know little of their own product and prices on parts that would choke a horse. $740 for a $200 heater core? $800 for a set of $300 cab shocks? $55 for a $15 u-bolt and $10 for a $2 nut? And don’t get me started on their garbage A/C system. How long have we been installing A/C units in trucks?

    International should have stuck with farm equipment, because they have no business building trucks.

  • howard alexander

    Not to defend international but listen to you guys curse at something you not know wall the facts first fuel biofuel is not good how many trucks sitt on the side of the road with egr problems go ask a wrecker service and find that one I have a cat engine if use bio fuel quess I be in the same place as all the rest start the blame where it belongs people . next you run low on water oh just dump some in wrong is it went to low now you burned out the cooler. driver is the biggest problem in all trucks go see if peterbuilt has the same problems with their engine just because they offer a cummins to no one talks about them now some real facts , quit using biofuel and use the regular fuel that is suppose to be used. put a million miles and more but still have original injectors and never had pan off.

  • jamesa

    Freightliners are built in Cleveland, NC, and also Mexico.Western Star is built in Portland OR. Peterbilt are built in Denton, TX. Kenworth is built in Chillicothe, OH. Volvo & Macks are also built in USA. These companies still employ American workers, to insure that it stays that way make sure when you buy your tuck that it comes from the States.

  • jimhalfwit

    Correct. But Freightliner, Western Star, Peterbuilt, Kenworth are owned by Daimler AG of Germany. Volvo and Mack are owned by AB Volvo of Gothenburg, Sweden. The influence of foreign ownership should not be underestimated. Beginning in 2006, Volvo systematically dismantled the Mack product. Only the cab and rear axle remain. Volvo even did away with the Mack parts system. These owners will internalize parts from any country to the extent they can without erasing the name plate.

  • Zach Hoefs

    Peterbilt and KW are owned by Paccar. Which is it’s own company. They have nothing to do with Daimler. Otherwise, we’d be seeing Petes with DD15’s in them.

  • jimhalfwit

    I stand corrected, thanks. It should be that Freightliner, Western Star, and Sterling are owned by Daimler AG. Paccar owns DAF of Netherlands which builds the MX engine.

  • jimhalfwit

    Part prices are definitely up among the 3 name plates in our yard. This is in part due to real inflation due to the money printing in DC and subsequent loss of value of the dollar. With truck sales down, it’s an obvious way for manufacturers to encourage truckers to buy new trucks.

  • localnet

    Well, my current truck is paid for, and I understand the dollar issue… But, $740 for a heater core? That is beyond making a few bucks, that is outright theft! And that is just one incident of many I have had with International… If they are trying to get me to buy a new truck, it will not be an international. I would not recommend their brand to my worst enemy.

  • Steven1st

    It is not limited to the 2011-2012. My truck is a 2008 4100 box truck with a Maxxforce 7. As small as it is compaired to most of the trucks you drive, it has seen over $20,000 in repair costs in 2013. A new engine was the real bank breaker. Nearly a year went by that the dealership could not figure out why it was over heating. The truck was just under 5 years old and had nearly 98,000 miles. Low cost of ownership BULL S__T!

  • localnet

    It is not bio fuel, it is a piss poor design and from what I have heard, the computer programming was never quite right. And I can attest to International’s lack of attention and or interest to the details of their programming, as there is none.

  • v

    Sure have to agree that exper’d what cite here from wk-10day down time if had 2go 2 Intl to shorter turnaround at company shop. And we all know miles=$ for every1.
    Folk International gr8 too but truck with Maxxforce 2010-2012 was in shop constantly 4 Warranty work & no AC 2011 for most of summer in USA SW. Ouch

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  • jrdtl

    I agree with you Mike Smith on the CA issue. The California legislature is corrupt. Specially CARB. Passing laws forcing owners of pre egr trucks. to spend 15,000 to 20,00 to install filters. Why? $$$$$$$$$ for the engine makers and their own pockts. Simple math.

  • localnet

    Yep, and the switch works! My labor, 40 minutes tops, and the switch looks good in the dash.

  • martymarsh

    I say the manufacturers should be held responsible, this is about nothing more than keeping the money wheel turning. Have you ever bought a lawn mower or anything with a motor and it said right on it California legal, or can’t be sold in California, the manufacturer should be held responsible and this would stop.

  • pat

    I just bet none of the office staff of navistar are going broke like the people who had faith in them and bought one of their pieces of shit trucks.

  • Braindead

    I hate to disappoint you but the primary owner in IH farm equipment is Fiat.

  • pilotman

    Mack engines and transmissions are still built in the same powertrain factory in Hagerstown , Md where they were built for many years BEFORE Volvo bought Mack. The trucks are built in Macungie, PA., the same factory they have been built in long before the Volvo purchase.. BUILT LIKE A MACK TRUCK still means something..

  • jimhalfwit

    About 4 years ago, I had the fortune to tour the Macungie plant. The tour guide explained that the Mack engine had to be redesigned to meet the 2007 EPA emission standards. Since the Volvo engine met the 2007 emission standards, there was no reason to invest more money in the Mack engine. Production ceased at the end of 2006. The Volvo engine is built in Hagerstown where the Mack engine was built. According to our Mack salesman, Volvo has eliminated all but one Mack transmission model with 4 shift rails hardly suitable for the MR chassis. Volvo also did away with the Mack frame fastened with body bound bolts. Whether built like a Mack truck means anything remains to be seen.

  • pilotman

    Mack still builds several models of manual transmissions -all with the industries’ only triple countershaft design and aluminum case. Mack also builds the Mdrive 12-speed automated manual. In addition to that, mack builds it’s own rear ends with the legendary double-reduction carriers. The cabs are double-walled, welded, galvanized steel . You apparently don’t own any Mack trucks, or you would know some of these things. Thanks for replying. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.