Featured Article: No wait for weight

Todd Dills | December 01, 2009

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Weight and toll bypass networks

While E-ZPass serves a network of Northeastern states with toll bypass systems, some other states also have individual toll networks, many equipped with collection technology made by TransCore, according to a USA Today story. Those include Texas, Georgia, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah and Washington. The technology exists to make these systems compatible, but the roadblocks to a nationwide toll-collection network have more to do with the lack of agreements between different toll authorities.

Bypass benefits for overweight haulers

Haulers of permitted oversize loads might not be the best customers for weigh-station bypassing technology. After all, says PrePass’ Richard Landis: “There’s currently not a good system for recording and keeping track of those permitted loads” that’s uniform from state to state.

Thus, “All of the states require them to stop.”

Daily Express owner-operator Kevin Rutledge -- Photo courtesy of Kevin Rutledge

Some oversize haulers, though, see the benefits of using the transponders. Owner-operator Kevin Rutledge, running windmill blades in a 2007 Volvo VNL780 leased to oversize-specialist all-owner-operator carrier Daily Express, will always be pulled across state scales when loaded.

Still, “We have a 50 percent deadhead, bypassing four scales on the way back empty just in one trip.” That’s more than enough to justify the $16 monthly fee.

Landis says PrePass board members are trying to figure a way to accommodate oversize haulers under load. “There’s got to be a better way to do it,” he says.

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