Sunday, January 24, 2010

CV Pass System Developed

Keeping freight moving during major transportation disruptions is key to supporting the state’s economy and jobs, and to ensure that our citizens’ essential needs are met.

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has developed a new Commercial Vehicle (CV) Pass System intended to support freight movement by authorizing emergency, essential, and other goods delivery through affected areas during a highway disruption of two to seven days.

When will this system be used?

The state will activate the Commercial Vehicle Pass System when major freight highways are closed or severely restricted, and a limited- capacity detour is available nearby. CV passes will be issued on-line based on the highway detour’s capacity and the priority of goods carried, as determined by the State Emergency Management Division.

Where can I get more information?

More details about the CV Pass System, including the priority categories and the on-line application for a CV pass is available here.

Two test periods will be held, allowing shippers and trucking companies to become familiar with the on-line CV pass Web site. This is an opportunity to pre- register your company and identification number (truck license plate number), which could save you time during a transportation disruption.

The dates are:
January 25 – 29, 2010
February 22 – 26, 2010

Questions and comments about the new CV Pass System can be e-mailed to Jim Wright, WSDOT Permits Program Manager, at or by calling 360-704-6345 during regular business hours.

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