Nearly all respondents (98 percent) to a nationwide motor carrier survey reported that CVISN electronic screening improved shipping times and reduced turnaround time delays.

Evaluation of CVISN technologies in the United States

Date Posted

Evaluation of the National CVISN Deployment Program: Volume 1 Final Report

Summary Information

This source report evaluated the deployment of Commercial Vehicle Information Systems and Networks (CVISN) used to support commercial vehicle operations. A motor carrier survey, cost analysis, safety analysis, and benefit-to-cost analysis were conducted to evaluate the safety, efficiency, and economic impacts of core CVISN technologies. At the time of the evaluation (October 2008) core CVISN technologies including electronic credentialing (EC), safety information exchange (SIE), and electronic screening (ES) were operational or being implemented in 45 states.

Between December 29, 2006 and March 19, 2007 a total of 848 commercial motor carriers responded to a telephone survey to collect information on the attitudes of private-sector participants on the adoption of CVISN technologies.

Electronic Screening

Approximately six percent of motor carriers (representing nearly 15 percent of power units) reported using electronic screening within 12 months of the survey.
  • Nearly all respondents (98 to 99 percent) indicated that electronic screening improved shipping times, reduced turnaround time delays, and was efficient and convenient.
  • Approximately 74 percent noted improved working conditions for drivers, and 79 percent reported a labor costs savings.
  • When asked if any other benefits were realized, increased driver safety and fuel cost savings were common responses.
Giant and large motor carriers (operating more than 100 power units) were more likely to participate in electronic screening compared to smaller carriers (operating less than 10 power units). Fees associated with electronic screening were identified as a barrier to adoption of the technology.


In August 2006, benefits/lessons learned self-evaluation reports were collected from 20 to 30 states participating in CVISN. The following qualitative benefits were identified for electronic screening.
  • Increased bypass efficiency.
  • Reduced backups on approach lanes.
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