PrePass Safety Alliance opens new sites and upgrades others
PHOENIX, December 18, 2019 – PrePass-approved trucks are receiving green lights to bypass more weigh stations in a number of new locations. Over the past year, PrePass Safety Alliance’s Board of Directors has approved 47 new bypassing sites in Illinois, Michigan, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin, plus the Canadian province of British Columbia.
PrePass Safety Alliance is a non-profit public-private partnership that has served the trucking industry and state agencies since 1993 to improve highway safety and efficiency in commercial transportation. The new PrePass sites include:
- Illinois: Richmond NB and SB US12
- Michigan: Grass Lake EB and WB I-94
- Montana: Clearwater Junction EB, WB and SB MT 200
- North Carolina: Charlotte SB I-85; Gaston County NB I-85; and Mt. Airy NB I-77
- North Dakota: Beach EB I-94; Bowman NB, SB, EB and WB US 12/US 85; Joliette SB US 81; and West Fargo WB I-94
- New Jersey: Carney’s Point NB I-295; Greenwich EB I-78; and Knowlton EB I-80
- Ohio: Van Wert EB US 30
- Texas: Abernathy NB and SB I-27; Childress NB and SB US 287; Mt. Pleasant EB and WB I-30; Penwell EB I-20; Queen City EB US 59; Refugio NB US 77; San Marcos SB I-35; and Three Rivers NB and SB I-37
- Wisconsin: Sparta EB I-90
In addition, Carson NB on Interstate 405 in California is also now reopened after extended closure. All of these new PrePass sites offer bypassing service using MOTION™, PrePass’ mobile application for iOS and Android powered smartphones and tablets as well as for select telematics devices. PrePass MOTION also includes ALERTS™, proactive notifications of upcoming road hazards including high wind areas, steep grades and no commercial vehicle roads.
PrePass Safety Alliance also expanded its bypass service to Canada in 2019. A new agreement with British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure allows users to bypass weigh stations with PrePass RFID transponders in British Columbia, opening up bypass opportunities at 13 Weigh2GoBC locations.
“According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average national cost of diesel fuel has been near or above $3 per gallon for at least the past couple of years and shows no signs of dropping below this level in 2020,” said Mark Doughty, Alliance President and Chief Operating Officer. “Safe weigh station bypassing means significant fuel savings that flow directly to a carrier’s bottom line.”
“Meanwhile, states have a primary responsibility to ensure those operating on their roads are safe,” Doughty said. “PrePass Safety Alliance is proud to partner with states on new opportunities for safe drivers to continue moving freight at highway speeds, while allowing officials to focus on other commercial vehicles that need the most attention.”
In addition to weigh station bypass, PrePass Safety Alliance also offers electronic toll payment options through PrePass Plus. Both services include INFORM™, a comprehensive data management suite offered to PrePass customers at no cost that helps fleets understand and take action to improve their safety scores and reduce tolling impacts.
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ABOUT PREPASS SAFETY ALLIANCE
PrePass Safety Alliance (formerly HELP Inc.), is the non-profit provider of PrePass weigh station bypass and toll payment services. The Alliance was formed in 1993 by trucking industry leaders, enforcement agencies and state DOTs to improve the safety and efficiency of the trucking industry. The organization’s Board of Directors is comprised of an equal number of industry and government representatives to ensure that services are balanced between safety and efficiency. To date, the Alliance has invested more than $700 million nationwide to deploy services to improve safety, reduce truck-related emissions and preserve highway infrastructure.
PrePass® is the most utilized and technologically advanced weigh station bypass platform in North America. PrePass helps qualified commercial motor carriers to stay on schedule and safely bypass inspection facilities at highway speeds. PrePass offers customers options with the 100% reliability of the PrePass transponder and convenience of the MOTION™ bypass app. PrePass services also include electronic toll payments, a concise overview of the fleet’s safety and tolling performance with the INFORM™ dashboards and mobile ALERTS™. Over 600,000 commercial vehicles from pre-qualified fleets utilize PrePass services. For more information, visit www.prepass.com.