How to Save Time and Money on Truck Tolls
More than 340 toll facilities operate in the U.S., generating billions of dollars every year. While much of this toll revenue comes from truck fleets, carriers can take a few simple steps to save time and reduce toll expenses.
Between 2009 and 2018, the Consumer Price Index (the federal government’s primary gauge of inflation) increased by just 16.9%. In sharp contrast, toll authority revenue increased 72.5% according to a study from the American Transportation Research Institute. The primary reason – higher toll rates.
Trucking companies bear the brunt of these toll rate increases because lawmakers and toll facility managers view them as businesses, rather than local residents who vote. The false assumption that carriers simply pass on costs, including tolls fees, to their customers compounds the problem.
Congress is once again debating the best way to build and pay for the country’s infrastructure. The expanded use of toll facilities plays into that debate. Even if lawmakers decide against expanding toll programs, COVID related budget challenges have led to increased toll rates across the country.
So, what can carriers do to reduce, and even take control of their toll costs? The PrePass white paper, “A Guide to Trucking Toll Costs in America,” helps answer this question. The white paper shows how toll facilities operate and why rates continue to climb. More importantly, the whitepaper explains how fleets can avoid tolling pitfalls and actually save money.
“A Guide to Trucking Toll Costs in America” describes how toll payment methods affect toll road fees and impact safety. This PrePass white paper shows carriers how to reduce costs by identifying maximum tolls, plate read costs, vehicle misclassifications and peak tolling times. Carriers also learn how to balance the costs and benefits of using toll facilities, and steps to challenge toll discrepancies and violations.
PrePass® is the leading and most utilized weigh station bypass and toll payment platform in North America. PrePass helps qualified commercial motor carriers stay on schedule and safely bypass inspection facilities at highway speeds. This includes over 700,000 commercial vehicles utilizing PrePass based on their safety compliance and up-to-date credentials. PrePass also offers electronic toll payment services, INFORM™ Safety and Tolling software, and mobile driver ALERTS™. Learn more at www.prepass.com.
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