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Hundreds of PrePass customers enroll in NORPASS bypass program

Semi-Truck on HighwayIn just over 90 days since PrePass announced that its customers could enroll in the NORPASS and Oregon Green Light weigh station bypass programs for no additional charge, the company said hundreds of customers who represent over 100,000 commercial vehicles, have been enrolled.

The enrollment was made possible by agreements between Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT), Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and HELP Inc., the provider of PrePass services.

PrePass-enrolled trucks are now bypassing weigh stations at 44 additional locations in seven states: Alaska, Connecticut, Idaho, New York, Oregon, South Dakota and Washington. NORPASS is operated by WSDOT on behalf of the other NORPASS states, and Oregon Green Light is run by the ODOT Motor Carrier Transportation Division (MCTD).

Previously, fleets wishing to bypass weigh stations in Oregon, Washington and other NORPASS jurisdictions purchased a transponder from WSDOT that also worked in the other jurisdictions. Now fleets need just one transponder in their trucks — a NORPASS/Oregon Green Light Transponder purchased from WSDOT that can be enrolled in PrePass, or a PrePass transponder that can be enrolled in NORPASS/Oregon Green Light.

“The enthusiastic participation by our customers to take advantage of HELP’s partnerships with NORPASS and Oregon Green Light demonstrates the exceptional value of weigh station bypassing,” said Karen Rasmussen, Chief Executive Officer of HELP Inc. “Safe fleets and drivers appreciate the time and fuel savings of PrePass in additional jurisdictions, and the opportunities for interoperability of their transponders.”

Currently, over 556,000 qualified commercial vehicles from more than 57,000 fleets use PrePass for bypassing and electronic toll payment.

PrePass customers who want to use their transponders at NORPASS locations or in Oregon Green Light can contact PrePass customer service. As part of the registration process, carriers must submit a signed waiver of HELP’s data privacy policy to allow HELP the ability to share transponder data with NORPASS and/or Green Light.

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Aaron Huff is the Senior Editor of Commercial Carrier Journal. Huff’s career in the transportation industry began at a family-owned trucking company and expanded to CCJ, where for the past 14 years he has specialized in covering business and technology for online and print readers and speaking at industry events. A recipient of numerous regional and national awards, Huff holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Brigham Young University and a Masters Degree from the University of Alabama.