Philadelphia, PA – Oct. 17, 2015 – HELP Inc., the non-profit public/private partnership that provides PrePass® weigh station bypass and other truck safety services, announced today its all-new ElitePass transponder, which now expands PrePass Plus electronic toll payment services to California and Kansas, with Oklahoma, Texas and others coming very soon.
Expanded PrePass Plus adds hundreds of tolling locations in states and on lanes where hundreds of thousands of trucks travel. These new locations include those in California managed by Bay Area Toll Authority, Transportation Corridor Agencies and the South Bay Expressway. Also included in this expansion are locations managed by the Kansas Turnpike Authority.
The newly added tolling systems are in addition to the already existing PrePass Plus toll payment services throughout the E-ZPass© network. E-ZPass encompasses 15 states including: Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia and West Virginia.
Formed in 1993, HELP Inc. is the only provider of one-device bypassing and electronic toll payment. Today, over 530,000 qualified trucks from more than 45,000 fleets are enrolled in PrePass services. HELP Inc. is nearing a milestone of 670 million actual weigh-station bypasses since 1997, resulting in cost savings of nearly $4.8 billion to motor carriers. With 15 new PrePass sites and new weigh-in-motion (WIM) scales soon to be provided by HELP at many existing PrePass sites, compliant carriers will enjoy the savings and safety that come from bypassing weigh stations and electronically paying their tolls without having to stop at toll booths.
With the advanced ElitePass technology, subscribing fleets can utilize one device and one account from one service provider to bypass hundreds of weigh stations in more than 30 states and electronically pay tolls in nearly 20. This breakthrough technology instantly provides time, fuel and cost savings to carriers by making weigh station bypassing and electronic toll payment easier and more efficient than ever before.
“Nobody likes paying tolls,” said HELP Inc. President and CEO Karen Rasmussen. “But in reality, tolls are a fact of life and will continue to be a growing part of how roads and bridges are funded in the future. In trucking, where time really equates to money and where every minute counts, a single technology that provides coast-to-coast electronic toll payment and couples it with weigh station bypassing for qualified fleets meets a critical industry need.”
“Not only does ElitePass provide tremendous efficiencies for our customers, it’s also the gold standard of technology that works accurately, reliably, safely and securely every time, with no worries about connectivity or data privacy,” she said. “No other single system or technology in the market today can match the 99.95% accuracy of ElitePass. It just works!”
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 serving the trucking industry and commercial enforcement, HELP has invested more than $600 million to deploy PrePass weigh station bypassing, PrePass Plus electronic toll payment and other truck safety technologies to improve safety, reduce truck-related emissions and preserve highway infrastructure. 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 us at www.helpinc.us or prepassnow.com.