Work with the trucking industry to assure success in deploying an electronic credentialing system for commercial vehicles.
A State of Washington experience with CIVISN deployment.
- Design a system that meets the specific needs of the target customers. Washington State designed the e-credentialing system with higher-volume users in mind. In general, WSDOL is trying to increase the proportion of vehicles being credentialed electronically, not necessarily the proportion of carriers. A small handful of the highest volume carriers usually represent a disproportionately large segment of the truck population in a state. As of early 2004, the 177 motor carrier accounts using e-credentialing in Washington State (about 4 percent of all interstate carriers) represent about 15 percent of the state's International Registration Plan (IRP) commercial vehicles. Of these 177 carriers, 18 log onto the e-credentialing system directly, and the other 159 carriers engage one of eight private service bureaus authorized to process the carriers' credentials electronically. The state identifies carriers and service bureaus that may be selected to participate in e-credentialing by watching the annual volume of transactions per carrier. With the current e-credentialing program, smaller carriers or independent owner-operators, who might conduct licensing transactions only once or a few times per year, are less likely to benefit from the system.
- Recruit carriers on an individual basis. System administrators do not conduct any mass marketing or promotion for the e-credentialing system, but instead invite motor carriers and service bureaus to participate on a case-by-case basis. The system is expected to grow steadily, but there are no plans to make e-credentialing available for all motor carriers in the state. WSDOL officials estimate that a user population of approximately 40 e-credentialing motor carriers and another 300 motor carriers working through service bureaus would represent the practical capacity of the current system and staffing resources.
- Provide customer support for use of the electronic systems. WSDOL operates a help desk to coordinate support among the e-credentialing participants: motor carriers, the system vendor, and the state offices -- both central and field offices. The state help desk averages about 20 incoming calls from participants per week. Some calls are in turn referred to the system vendor, which maintains a technical support center to resolve software or hardware problems.
- Provide training for use of the electronic systems. When a company signs on to the e-credentialing program, personnel from their licensing and information systems teams attend a training session at the WSDOL in Olympia or at another designated location. Follow-up training may also be held at the motor carrier site after the software is installed. Day-to-day telephone support is available from the WSDOL and from the system vendor.
The e-credentialing system has enabled productivity increases for the participating motor carriers and the enforcement agencies through time and cost savings. By providing state roadside motor vehicle inspectors with real-time data for carriers and vehicles, the e-credentialing system has helped focus attention on trucks that are more likely to be violating weight limits and other laws. The new system has improved the mobility of the compliant motor carriers, as they are less likely to be delayed at the roadside inspection stations. Moreover, the Washington State Police have found that that e-screening with CVIEW data has made the highways safer by helping control the volume of traffic flow through and around weigh stations.
Author: ITS Joint Program Office, USDOT
Published By: ITS Joint Program Office, USDOT
Source Date: 9/1/2004
EDL Number: 13980URL: http://ntl.bts.gov/lib//jpodocs/repts_te/13980.htm
Average User Rating
electronic credentials verification