PRISM states barcode the cab cards. The code contains the registrant and vehicle information that is also printed on the cab card. If the safety responsibility of the vehicle is not expected to change during the year, the cab card will also reflect the carrier responsible for safety's USDOT number, name and mailing address. If the safety responsibility is expected to change, then the barcode should not have any information concerning safety responsibility.
The barcoding of the information on the cab card provides efficiency at roadside events as well as accuracy in the information collected on accident and inspection reports.
The barcode on the cab card can assist the inspectors in completing the Federal and State specific crash and inspection form in a timelier manner. If the carrier responsible for safety remains the same as that printed and barcoded on the cab card, the completion of the inspection forms will be faster and easier to do.
Note of Caution: Not all states are implementing PRISM at this time. When using the information displayed on a cab card to determine the motor carrier responsible for safety, be advised that not all jurisdictions that barcode information on their cab cards are PRISM Compliant and predetermine the motor carrier responsible for safety. Some of the states that are not PRISM Compliant are barcoding their cab cards with the registrant information, which may or may not also be the motor carrier responsible for safety.