SHA HELPS TRUCKERS GO PAPERLESS WITH E-HAULING PERMITS
Maryland Launches Electronic E-Permitting Enhancing Customer Service and Going Green – Saving Money and Reducing Paper Usage
Baltimore, MD (July 17, 2012) – This month Maryland becomes the first State on the eastern seaboard, and the second in the nation to issue electronic hauling permits for the trucking industry. The Maryland State Highway Administration’s (SHA) is now providing truckers a way to carry paperless permits – to be displayed in electronic format during inspections, replacing traditional paper-issued permits and attachments.
“Whether a private citizen moving a boat for the season or a major hauler deploying supplies from the Port or across the country, drivers can now display electronic permits,” said State Highway Administrator Melinda B. Peters. “This presents time-savings benefits and reduces paper usage, so environmentally and financially e-permits are green.”
SHA’s Motor Carrier Division manages and permits approximately 160,000 over sized moves each year and issues approximately 600-800 permits each day. Helping SHA conserve natural resources and reduce its overall carbon footprint, e-permits can potentially save the printing of nearly 50,000 pieces of paper each month. This is another environmentally-friendly business practice that reduces waste in support of the State’s green initiatives.
“This is good news for our members,” said Maryland Motor Truck Association President and CEO Louis Campion. “Maryland is taking the steps necessary to lead the nation in delivering 21-st century advancements to the trucking industry that enhance doing business with the State.”
Maryland State regulations require that haulers carry the permit and attachments to validate the safe transport of loads as a safety and compliance measure. Up until this week, truck drivers needed to carry a paper copy of the State-issued permit on all applicable transports. Trucks are often on the road with loads or at jobsites and do not have the capability to print paper copies. Drivers often would need to endure burdensome measures costing time and money to access paper-printed permits.
“Maryland maintains a good working relationship with the trucking community, and this partnership keeps our State’s roadways safer places to travel,” said Captain Norman Dofflemyer, Maryland State Police Commander of Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division. “By minimizing burdens and simplifying processes, we build trust with haulers that in turn leads to improved compliance.”
Maryland enforcement agencies have the ability to access the Automated Hauling Permit System (AHPS) to validate application submissions against log books to verify travel start times. If the use of e-permitting is abused by anyone or any company, the privilege will be revoked for that individual and company. The E-permit is optional; customers may continue to carry printed hard copies of permits and attachments.