The HELP Inc. nonprofit, which operates the PrePass weigh station bypass service, reached an agreement with the Oregon Department of Transportation. PrePass carriers that operate in Oregon can now allow their transponders to be enrolled in and utilize Oregon’s state-operated Green Light weigh station bypass system at 21 facilities throughout the state.
“We are excited to be entering into partnership with the State of Oregon,” said Karen Rasmussen, HELP Inc. President & CEO. “Safe fleets and drivers appreciate the time and fuel savings of PrePass as well as opportunities for interoperability of their transponders.”
Nationwide, since HELP began compiling data in 1997, PrePass has logged 780 million operational weigh station bypasses resulting in more than $5.7 billion in savings to motor carriers. Currently, more than 555,000 qualified commercial trucks from more than 56,000 fleets use PrePass for bypassing and electronic toll payment.
In Oregon, the Green Light Program has bypassed over 25 million trucks since 1995. Almost 4,000 motor carriers use the Green Light Program and have saved over two million hours of travel time and over $260 million in operating costs by not having to enter Oregon weigh stations.
Affected tractors are equipped with an automated Eaton UltraShift Plus or Eaton Advantage Transmission with right hand stalk shifter. In the affected trucks, the display on the instrument panel can indicate “N” when the shifter is set into “D” or “R,” causing the truck not to move.