Saskatoon, SK, Canada – International Road Dynamics (IRD) has announced that it has signed an extension to a contract originally awarded in 2006 from Alberta Transportation for the supply, installation and maintenance of pre-clearance equipment at four additional locations in the province of Alberta. The contract extension has a value of approximately CAN$1.7 million, bringing the total contract value to approximately CAN$4 million.
As a result of this contract, IRD will have supplied and installed a total of 20 pre-clearance systems at 16 commercial vehicle inspection and weigh station locations throughout the province. The equipment to be provided consists of radio frequency identification (RFID) equipment to allow commercial vehicles enrolled in the provincial partners in compliance (PIC) program to bypass weigh stations.
Under this voluntary program, qualifying PIC carriers can elect to carry an electronic identification transponder in each truck. This transponder will issue a ‘green light’ to those trucks that are authorized to bypass each weigh station. The additional systems are planned to be installed and operational in the spring of 2010 and under this contract IRD will provide maintenance for the subsequent three years.
IRD will continue to manage the on-line transponder administration system provided to the province and the PIC organization for management of credentials of vehicles enrolled in the program.
Mr Terry Bergan, president and CEO of IRD, noted: “We are proud to continue to be a part of this unique partnership which will continue to save truck operators both time and money while improving the effectiveness of weigh station operations. In addition, the expansion of the Alberta pre-clearance network contributes to greenhouse emission reductions as commercial vehicles do not have to stop at each weigh station.”