Omnitracs and PrePass Safety Alliance announced a deal that will integrate PrePass weigh station bypass service into the Omnitracs One platform.
With the PrePass app, drivers are informed of an upcoming weigh station when crossing a geofence threshold 2 miles out. PrePass then verifies the carrier credentials, safety scores, and vehicle weights, where available, to determine the bypass decision. Drivers receive notification on Omnitracs One to bypass or pull into the weigh station, all while the truck travels at highway speed.
According to the Alliance, PrePass trucks bypass an open, working weigh station, on average, 12.3 times per month, saving a typical 100-truck fleet more than $128,000 each year. (Those numbers are based on Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration figures showing stopping at the scales costs, on average, five minutes of drive time and 0.4 gallons of fuel per truck. And if a truck is pulled for inspection, the average rises to 30 minutes of drive time.)
Drivers also receive PrePass Alerts for work zones, traffic congestion, crashes ahead, brake checks, runaway ramps, traffic incidents, rest areas, gusty winds, steep grades, truck parking, weather alerts, and no commercial vehicle areas.
In addition to allowing drivers to bypass most weigh-station inspections, the integration means weigh station bypass information will be available combined with all other fleet activity on a converged platform in Omnitracs One.
“By providing this essential information through the easy-to-use application on our Omnitracs One platform, fleets don’t need to install additional hardware in their cabs, and drivers benefit from an integrated application to access the crucial information that helps them hit their on-time targets,” said Mick Milnark, vice president, product management, Omnitracs, in a news release.
Mark Doughty, president and CEO of PrePass Safety Alliance, noted that there are currently more than 650,000 commercial vehicles from more than 77,000 pre-qualified fleets currently using the PrePass Service. “We know that integrating PrePass with Omnitracs One will save motor carriers even more time, fuel, and money.”
In addition to RFID transponder and the PrePass app, PrePass services also include electronic toll payment, mobile safety Alerts, and Inform Safety and Tolling data analytics.