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, there are steps carriers can take 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 facility revenue increased 72.5% according to one study. The primary reason – higher toll rates.
Trucking companies bear the brunt of these toll rate increases because legislators and toll facility managers view them as businesses, not local residents or voters. Compounding the problem, there is also the false assumption that carriers simply pass on higher toll costs to their customers.
Congress is once again debating the best way to build and pay for the country’s infrastructure. The expanded use of toll facilities is a factor in that debate. Whatever lawmakers decide, motor carriers will still have more than 340 toll facilities across the nation and increasing toll rates awaiting them.
So, what can carriers do to reduce, and even take control of their toll costs? A newly-released PrePass whitepaper, “A Guide to Trucking Toll Costs in America,” helps answer this question. The whitepaper shows how toll facilities operate and why rates continue to climb. More importantly, the whitepaper reveals how fleets can avoid tolling pitfalls and actually save money.
The whitepaper describes how toll payment methods affect toll road fees and impact safety. It 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 platform in North America. PrePass helps qualified commercial motor carriers to stay on schedule and safely bypass inspection facilities at highway speeds. This includes over 630,000 commercial vehicles utilizing PrePass based on their safety compliance and up-to-date credentials. PrePass offers bypass choices that include both the PrePass RFID transponder and MOTION™ bypass app. PrePass services also include electronic toll payment management, INFORM™ Safety and Tolling software, and mobile safety ALERTS™. Services are offered through PrePass Safety Alliance, a non-profit public-private partnership focused on commercial transportation safety and efficiency. Learn more at www.prepass.com.
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