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Compared to PrePass®, the Drivewyze service is active in more states, and provides bypasses at almost double the sites. This is because:

  • Drivewyze provides bypasses at fixed and mobile sites, while PrePass® transponders only offer bypasses at fixed sites
  • Drivewyze uses geofence technology, which means the service doesn’t require costly transponder reader infrastructure like traditional PrePass® does. Geofencing allows Drivewyze to set up new sites within minutes, instead of months.
  • Drivewyze has 29 more agricultural sites than the traditional PrePass® service

Drivewyze is the only weigh station bypass service available in ME, MA, NV, NH, RI,VT. However, it is not yet available in all states. You can view the Drivewyze coverage map here: https://drivewyze.com/coverage-map/

Modern Technology Integration vs. Transponders

The hardware for Drivewyze and traditional PrePass® are very different.

The traditional PrePass® service uses dated transponder technology. A transponder is a device that sticks onto the windshield of your truck(s). In order to receive a bypass, drivers must be in the right hand lane and drive under a transponder reader pole. Transponders will let the driver know if they received a bypass by showing a small green light, or show a small red light if the driver has to pull in. Lost or stolen transponders cost up to $100 each to replace, and often fleets have to make routine transponder purchases and manage these devices.

Drivewyze uses modern technology, and transforms mobile devices into ‘smart transponders’ through the use of GPS and cellular service. In 2013, the FMCSA announced that Commercial Mobile Radio Services (CMRS) network devices (such as smartphones, or telematics devices) could be used as transponders for weigh station bypass services. Click here to read the announcement. This means that Drivewyze can legally provide bypasses to drivers via their smartphone, tablet, or telematics devices (ELDs). Drivewyze is currently integrated into a variety of different telematics device (ELD) providers:

Drivers don’t need to be in the right hand lane to bypass, because the Drivewyze service doesn’t require transponder readers to function. This means drivers won’t need to make any sudden lane changes. If the driver receives a bypass, Drivewyze will show a large green Bypass screen. If the driver has to pull-in, Drivewyze will show a large ‘Pull In Unless Closed’ screen – which means pull in if open, or keep driving if the station is closed. Because Drivewyze is integrated into existing in-cab devices, there are no additional hardware costs or hassles.

Driver Safety

When it comes to driver safety, both Drivewyze and PrePass® are legal, hands free and safe to use while driving. Both programs are easy to use and understand.

Unlike PrePass® transponders, Drivewyze has the ability to show different screens on mobile phones, tablets or telematics devices (ELDs). Because of this, Drivewyze offers “Heads Up” notifications. These alerts warn drivers of all upcoming weigh stations across the USA – even those that aren’t participating in the Drivewyze service. This way, drivers will always be prepared, and accidental scale bypasses become a thing of the past.

Business Intelligence Reporting

PrePass® can provide basic reporting to fleets, such as the number of bypasses per month that you are receiving at PrePass® sites.

Drivewyze provides fleets with sophisticated, GPS based reporting. This means you’ll get more data that shows you how much time is being wasted at all weigh stations and inspection sites across the country, not just Drivewyze sites. The data shows you where your trucks are being pulled in the most, and for exactly how long. Drivewyze delivers ongoing monthly ROI reports to customers. Interested in finding out how much your fleet could be saving? Let us show you for free!

Weigh in Motion Scale Integration

Some states require that trucks must be weighed, using a Weigh in Motion (WIM) scale that is embedded in the highway in advance of the weigh station, in order for a truck to receive a bypass. Many sites and states, however, do not require WIM data to provide a bypass. For sites that require WIM scale weight readings, both Drivewyze and PrePass® are able to read the weight from passing trucks and use that information as part of the screening criteria.

What if I Get Pulled Over?

If a driver using traditional PrePass® receives a bypass, the transponder’s green light will flash for 15 minutes after passing the weigh station. If the driver gets pulled over within the 15-minute window, they can show law enforcement their transponder light for validation.

If a driver using Drivewyze receives a bypass, the bypass screen appears until the driver has passed the scale. If a driver gets pulled over, they can use the Recall Feature to re-display the most recent driving instruction they’ve received, along with related location information. Drivers can show the recall screen to law enforcement.

Driver Privacy

Law enforcement is able to see the time and day that a Drivewyze user bypasses or pulls into their stations – just as they can do in person, if you pull in without using Drivewyze. But Drivewyze does not provide law enforcement with any other information, regarding your location or time, in between stations. And it doesn’t have access to or share information regarding a driver’s CDL, medical status or Hours of Service.

Drivewyze uses the best, most secure mobile technology. Here is a promise we make to you:

  • We don’t collect and share driver data.
  • We don’t support mandatory driver data sharing.
  • We don’t provide location tracking info to law enforcement.
  • We protect our customers from prying eyes.

Click here to learn more about how we protect driver privacy.

Screening Rules

Both Drivewyze and PrePass® screen drivers to determine whether they will receive a bypass or not. Some of these screening rules include data such as carrier ISS score, IFTA, registration, etc. Every time a truck requests a bypass, Drivewyze looks this data up in real time.

PrePass® is a registered trademark of HELP Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. All company, product and service names used in this document are for identification purposes only.

Use of these names, trademarks and brands does not imply endorsement.

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Which Weigh Station Bypass Technology Is Best?

Motor carriers have two technology options to choose from for weigh station bypass, but which is the best fir for your fleet? A study by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) completed on transponders and mobile apps for bypassing weigh stations can help you decide.

Most transponders in use for weigh station bypass, and virtually every electronic tolling system around the world, rely on radio frequency identification (RFID) technology. The U.S. Department of Transportation also chose this technology for connected and autonomous vehicles, because of its speed, accuracy and reliability. Recent improvements in commercial mobile radio services (CMRS) technology, better known as cellular technology make it a viable option for bypassing as well. CMRS is flexible. It operates as an “app” on a smart phone, tablet, or as part of an on-board telematics platform in a truck.

The TTI study found benefits in both RFID transponders and CMRS mobile bypass apps for weigh station bypassing:

  • Apps eliminate the need to manage transponder inventory.
  • Apps allow geo-fencing of “virtual” weigh stations where wireless signal connectivity is strong and it may not be cost-effective to install the roadside hardware required by transponders. This increases the number of locations available for bypass when using a mobile app.
  • Weak cell signals do not cause a problem for apps— so long as the device stays connected and “calls” are not dropped. However, data transfer accuracy through CMRS based apps to not perform at the 99.9% reliability of a transponder, especially when trucks drive closely together.
  • Most electronic toll platforms rely on RFID transponders for toll payment capture, a function not currently available on app platforms. Deploying RFID technology on trucks allows motor carriers to use the same transponder for both bypass and electronic tolling.

The TTI study suggests that both transponder and app technologies have a place in electronic bypass — so long as fleets know what to expect from each.

Apps can meet the needs of users who prefer flexibility and travel past “virtual” sites without transponder readers. Transponder technology provides almost 100% bypass accuracy and the ability to integrate electronic toll payment services. It also supports bypassing at transponder-only sites operated in certain states and by NORPASS, Oregon Green Light and Weigh2GoBC.

The best solution incorporates a CMRS app alongside an RFID transponder. This approach offers users the largest number of bypass locations, the reliability of a transponder, and the opportunity to use the same device for electronic toll payments.

When approaching a weigh station that accepts both technologies, the CMRS app automatically defers to the RFID transponder. A driver will not receive a “red light” from one device and a “green light” from the other.

Visit the PrePass webpage, “Which Weigh Station Bypass Technology is Right for You?” to quickly determine the best weigh station bypass solution for your specific operation.

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Which Weigh Station Bypass Technology is Best for You?

There are two technologies used for weigh station bypass, each with different benefits. The Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) completed a study comparing transponders and mobile apps for bypassing weigh stations.

Transponders used for electronic bypass and most electronic tolling systems globally are based on radio frequency identification (RFID) technology. This is the same technology chosen by the U.S. Department of Transportation for connected and autonomous vehicles, because of its speed, accuracy and reliability.

Bypass is also possible using commercial mobile radio services (CMRS) technology, known better as cellular technology. CMRS is flexible. It can be an “app” on a smart phone, tablet, or as part of an on-board telematics platform in a truck.

The TTI study found benefits of both transponders and mobile bypass apps for weigh station bypassing:

  • CMRS mobile apps eliminate the need to manage transponder inventory. This provides an added level of convenience when deploying and managing a weigh station bypass solution.
  • CMRS allows geo-fencing of “virtual” weigh stations where wireless signal connectivity is strong and it may not be cost-effective to install the roadside hardware required by RFID. This adds locations for bypass with a mobile app where RFID infrastructure is not available.
  • Weak cell signals do not appear to be a problem for CMRS— so long as there is connectivity and “calls” are not dropped. However, data transfer accuracy is well short of the 99.9% reliability of a transponder. This is especially true when trucks are moving close together, resulting in a higher pull-in rate when using a mobile app.
  • RFID transponders are compatible with toll payment capture, a function that is not currently available on CMRS platforms. This allows truck fleets to use the same transponder for both bypassing and electronic tolling.

The TTI study suggests that both RFID and CMRS technologies have a place in electronic bypass — so long as fleets know what to expect from each.

CMRS apps can meet the needs of users who prefer flexibility, travel past “virtual” sites without transponder readers, and are willing to accept slightly higher pull-in rates. The accuracy of CMRS can depend on the bypass provider, mobile device model, cellular data provider, connectivity, and distances between vehicles.

In contrast, RFID transponder technology provides almost 100% bypass accuracy and the ability to integrate toll payment services. It also provides bypassing at transponder-only sites operated in some states and locations operated by NORPASS, Oregon Green Light and Weigh2GoBC.

The optimal solution is to use a CMRS app alongside an RFID transponder to leverage the reliability of a transponder for bypass and electronic toll payment services, along with coverage afforded at non-RFID sites by a mobile application.

When approaching a weigh station that accepts both technologies, the CMRS app automatically defers to the more accurate RFID transponder. A driver will not receive a “red light” from one device and a “green light” from the other.

This article was sponsored by PrePass. For more information, please visit our website at www.prepass.com.

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  1. Has anyone with a mid-sized fleet transitioned from EZPass to BestPass (on the scale pre-pass side)? I'm a company driver. We moved from the old-school EZPass system to BestPass (pre-pass and tolling) this past summer. Seems like we're getting red-lighted much more often then normal in some states. Anyone else have a similar experience?

    I'm not sure of all the particulars how the various states work with Prepass and BestPass systems but there certainly seems to be some differences. I hope it's just a growing pain issue and the two will eventually work about the same in terms of green bypass percentage.
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  3. Also curious about this best pass
    They claim to offer substantial discounts on toll rates over EzPass but I'm not privy to those details. But the carrier I work at has about 250 trucks and runs nationwide and they decided BestPass was a better (cheaper) option to handle tolls.

    But I'm still a bit concerned regarding the Prepass scale clearance side of things.

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  4. They claim to offer substantial discounts on toll rates over EzPass but I'm not privy to those details. But the carrier I work at has about 250 trucks and runs nationwide and they decided BestPass was a better (cheaper) option to handle tolls.

    But I'm still a bit concerned regarding the Prepass scale clearance side of things.

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    I'll be passing this info on thanks!!!!
  5. I am using the Pre Pass Elite, weigh station and tolling capabilities. Since I pay the bill as an administrator I can look at all sorts of statistics on the weigh station bypass parameters. I can look at lists of states to see what percentage of our fleet gets pulled in. Example, California and Florida pull 100% of our trucks in, all the other states are 5%. If we do get pulled in, it will tell us why, axle spread, weights, etc. I don't think there is a difference between the 2 systems, but something at your company might have changed to impact the difference pull in rates.
    I am sure there is a random capability also.
  6. My bestpass transponder says EzPass, it's a EzPass elite model (blue with Prepass scale bypass lights). I haven't noticed a difference from previous Prepass uses at other companies, (I just started with my current company last month, so I don't have a clue what theirs did before they switched.) Did they mount it in the same spot? Maybe they got it too high and the transponder isn't getting a clear read, although a previous Prepass unit I had when I owned my own truck went off while in the sleeper shelves (was told not to mount it or follow the lights right after I got signed up, so they could get everything assigned)
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  7. In the truck I retired, it had a BestPass "sticker" and a EZPass transponder in the windshield. This new truck has a BestPass "sticker" and a transponder that is not identified as EZPass or BestPass. Not sure WTH it is but I assume it was sent to them from the BestPass people. But yes, it's blue and looks just like the old EZPass transponders with the red/green lights
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  8. Man, y’all are LIVING!!! My company has been around 30 plus years and just got prepass this week. I haven’t been in a truck with one since 2005, no more crossing fingers as I go across the scales!
  9. Man, y’all are LIVING!!! My company has been around 30 plus years and just got prepass this week. I haven’t been in a truck with one since 2005, no more crossing fingers as I go across the scales!
    I worked for a mega that didn't use Prepass...but they o.k.'d me to assign one to their truck at my expense. Was the best investment of spare change I ever made.
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