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

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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.

In-person interviews were conducted to obtain cost data from motor carriers and state agencies participating in the International Registration Plan (IRP), and International Fuel Task Agreement (IFTA). The results, however, were limited to only a few states with progressive CVISN programs.


Three motor carriers indicated that electronic credentialing reduced paperwork and saved them 60 to 75 percent on credentialing costs. In addition, motor carriers were able to commission new vehicles 60 percent faster by printing their own credential paperwork and not waiting for conventional mail delivery. Motor carriers indicated that system start-up costs were minimal since training and equipment were limited to typical desktop computer operations.
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