If you’ve been trucking for a long time, you might remember a day when your windshield was filled with the view of the road. Now, it’s more than likely cluttered with toll transponders – especially if you haul in the Northeast a lot.
Toll authorities don’t play well together. Every one of them prefers to stick with their own tolling systems and transponders. While they may partner occasionally, the patchwork toll network is nightmarish.
Bestpass hit the scene big last year with its toll management system. All tolls are billed to the Bestpass transponder and forwarded in a tidy billing statement to the trucking companies. It’s quickly becoming the end-all solution to dealing with multiple tolling agencies.
John Andrews, president and CEO of Bestpass, told the media at the Mid-America Trucking Show that they processed more than $450 million in toll last year. Along with tolling discounts, back office time savings and quick billing to avoid penalties, companies saved $60 million.
The goal for Bestpass is coast-to-coast (they are working on Canada and Mexico, too) coverage with their system. Andrews said they are close.
“We have a few stragglers out there,” he said.
The Mackinac Bridge was one of those stragglers. The toll bridge authority will be coming online with Bestpass very soon.
Aside from the simplicity of one transponder and one bill for most toll roads, Bestpass has negotiated discounts owner-operators especially can benefit from.
“The cost is around $7 a month for an owner-operator,” Andrews told Land Line. “But with all the discounts we have, they will save much more than what they pay for the service.”
If you are at the show, check them out at booth 16141. Visit them online at Bestpass.com.
Jami Jones, Land Line managing editor, has been in journalism for more than 25 years – focused on the trucking industry since 2000. Whether judging SuperRigs or researching hard-hitting analyses, she covers trucking from lug nuts to legislation – always with the trucker in mind.