Maryland One System to save truckers $6M
Automation part of governor’s effort to make state ‘business friendly’
As part of his commitment to make Maryland more business friendly, Gov. Larry Hogan (R) recently announced the trucking industry will save $6 million in fees annually with the state’s new Maryland One System automated permitting process.
The Maryland One System is a first-in-thenation automated truck permit system for state, toll and Baltimore City roads, which eliminates the final vestiges of manual paper processing, according to a news release. The new system has reduced overweight hauling permit processing from days and weeks to hours and eliminates review fees.
The Mar yland One System recently received international accolades with the Bentley “Be Inspired” Special Recognition Award in London, England, as part of the “The Year in Infrastructure 2016 Conference.”
“The Mar yland One System makes transporting goods through our state significantly easier and less expensive,” Hogan said in the release. “Maryland is delivering on our promise to be more business friendly, reduce fees and put money back into the pockets of hard-working Maryland families and businesses. From our thriving port, airport and great transportation network, the Maryland One System is just one more reason ‘Maryland is Open for Business.’”
Maryland receives more than 140,000 overweight/oversize permit applications each year which, until recently, required engineers to manually review for safety. Now, Maryland One is auto-issuing 69 percent of applications the same day or even within hours of submission. At this point, 97 percent of these permits are issued within two days or less, while it previously took up to 10 days.
With the automation, the trucking industry has round-the-clock, immediate access to initiate, revise and update permits as needed.
Since May, overweight/oversized trucks crossed 2,378,885 bridges under 50,756 permits, with an average of 47 bridges. The previous review fee was $8 per bridge. With 35,000 automated permits, or 69 percent, truckers and shippers are getting quicker permits and have saved $3 million in fees since late May, estimated to be more than $6 million annually.
In the same period, the state saved more than $440,000 in wages for work hours that would have been spent reviewing permits. The technology automates the tedious process that once required bridge engineers and motor carrier experts to individually analyze each overweight move to determine the safest route, calculate the safe speed, and reduce the overall impact on road infrastructure, especially bridges.
Maryland One relieves staff to focus on “super-load” and “mega-load” moves from 500,000 to more than a million pounds, which means quicker turnaround on more complex moves that require greater scrutiny. In 2015, there were more than 100 larger moves in Maryland.