Weigh station bypass service now available through agreement with ODOT
PHOENIX — The new year started out with some major news for PrePass customers. Under an agreement reached between the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and HELP Inc., PrePass carriers that operate in Oregon can now allow their transponders to be enrolled in and utilize Oregon’s Green Light weigh station bypass system at 21 facilities throughout Oregon. HELP Inc., the non-profit provider of PrePass, and the ODOT Motor Carrier Transportation Division (MCTD), signed a Memorandum of Understanding on December 15, 2017.
The waiver form is available on the PrePass website at www.prepass.com, with instructions on how to submit the form. Upon receipt of the signed waiver, HELP will send a letter of authorization to Green Light on the carrier’s behalf.
“We are excited to be entering into partnership with the State of Oregon, and look forward to working with MCTD through this mutual agreement,” 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.”
“We are pleased with our partnership with HELP Inc. and the opportunities it will provide motor carriers operating in Oregon. We look forward to increased enrollment in our Green Light Program and the benefits this will provide to motor carriers and MCTD,” said Amy Ramsdell, MCTD Administrator.
“I am pleased about this agreement and look forward to the benefits to the trucking industry in Oregon,” said Jana Jarvis, President of Oregon Trucking Associations.
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, over 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. The environment wins too by the reduction of pollutants.
For more information about PrePass, visit http://www.prepass.com.
For information on the Oregon Green Light Program, visit http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/MCT/Pages/GreenLightProgram.aspx
PrePass is the most reliable and technologically advanced weigh station bypass platform in North America. The PrePass platform includes weigh station bypass, toll payment services and safety score management through the INFORM data portal. Over a half million commercial vehicles from qualified fleets are electronically pre-screened for compliance with federal and state safety and credential requirements through PrePass. This electronic pre-screening allows customers to stay on the road and bypass PrePass-equipped inspection facilities at highway speeds. PrePass helps fleets save time, fuel and money while improving transportation safety. For more information about PrePass, visit www.prepass.com.
About HELP Inc.
Innovative trucking company leaders, enforcement agencies and state DOTs founded HELP Inc. in 1993 to improve highway safety and efficiency. As North America’s most successful non-profit public/private partnership, HELP serves the trucking industry and commercial enforcement. HELP has invested more than $700 million to deploy PrePass weigh station bypassing, PrePass Plus electronic toll payment and other truck safety technologies. To ensure HELP’s investments benefit both its public sector partners and its private sector customers, HELP’s policies are developed by a board of directors with an equal number of representatives from each sector. For more information, visit HELP at www.helpinc.us.
About Green Light
The Oregon Green Light Program is a truck preclearance program offered by the Oregon Department of Transportation. Green Light verifies a truck’s size, weight, registration and safety records as it drives on the freeway. Green Light allows compliant commercial motor vehicles to bypass Oregon weigh stations. Bypassing weigh stations saves time and money. It’s also safer and good for the environment.
The Oregon Green Light program is available at no cost and is interoperable with other preclearance programs in the country.
Press Release from the Oregon Department of Transportation.