Schneider National equips trucks with PrePassPlus

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Schneider National has announced it is equipping its entire company fleet with PrePassPlus, which provides electronic pre-clearance of commercial vehicles at weigh stations and toll plazas.

Green Bay, Wis.-based Schneider National is one of only a handful of national carriers to fully embrace PrePassPlus. The company began installing the transponders in mid-May, with fleetwide implementation complete by fall of 2005.

“Schneider National is 100 percent committed to driver satisfaction and eliminating downtime,” said Wayne Lubner, vice president of driver and contractor relations at Schneider National. “The use of PrePassPlus will benefit company drivers and independent contractors and is one component of a series of improvements Schneider National has implemented to improve the quality of life for drivers.”

The PrePass service is a sophisticated technology that makes it possible for participating motor carriers to comply electronically with state weight, safety and credential requirements at weigh stations and ports of entry while traveling at highway speeds. The “Plus” in PrePassPlus indicates all of the benefits of weigh station bypassing with the electronic payment of tolls within the E-ZPass network. In all, PrePassPlus is designed to enable uninterrupted travel and operational efficiencies for trucks at several hundred weigh stations and toll plazas throughout the United States, using one transponder and one consolidated account.

The PrePassPlus services are operational at weigh stations and/or toll plazas in 31 states, including Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

In addition to equipping its fleet with PrePass technology, Schneider National’s independent contractors can access E-ZPass free of charge via the PrePassPlus transponder provided to them by the carrier.

“Our moniker — Save Time, Save Fuel, Save Money — is a staple business practice that we are pleased to share with Schneider National, the nation’s largest truckload carrier,” said Richard Landis, president and CEO of HELP Inc., the public-private partnership responsible for PrePass. “The decision to use PrePassPlus sends a strong signal throughout the industry that promotes our value and obligation to our customers.”

More than 325,000 vehicles have enrolled in PrePass, bypassing 252 weigh stations, ports of entry and agricultural interdiction facilities in 24 states, as well as hundreds of toll facilities throughout the E-ZPass network.

ACS Inc. is the system integrator and operator of the PrePass system.