Streamlined Toll Management

Rolf Lockwood

New Horizon transponder from BestpassThe new Horizon transponder comes from Bestpass, providers of single-source payment and streamlined toll-management services to commercial fleets. The company also announced at the Mid-America show that Kansas and Florida tolling authorities have joined its growing nationwide network.

Use of the Horizon transponder means that fleets and owner-operators will no longer have to manage, maintain, and pay for up to ten different transponders in order to operate on toll facilities regionally and across the U.S. This minimizes transponder requirements, maximizes flexibility and savings, and radically improves the Bestpass single-account, single-service-center toll management service.

In conjunction with its E-ZPass compatible transponder, the new Horizon transponder will allow for single-source toll account management for the major toll facilities not currently part of E-ZPass, eventually removing the need for five to seven transponders. The Horizon transponder is currently undergoing testing with early adopter fleets in Kansas and Florida.

The Bestpass Horizon transponder’s introduction coincides with the planned completion of affiliations with tolling authorities across North America. The addition of the Kansas Turnpike and Florida Turnpike, including the range of all other SunPass tolled facilities in Florida, will result in a significant number of toll road miles that are heavily traversed by commercial vehicles being added to the Bestpass service.

The Bestpass solution includes E-ZPass coverage for the group’s 26 toll agencies in 15 states and the new Horizon transponder for the bulk of the authorities outside of the E-ZPass electronic toll collection network. Bestpass also works with toll authorities that utilize licence-plate read systems. Maximizing benefits in those jurisdictions, Bestpass can provide customers with toll discounts for plate reads that are generally not otherwise available.

By August, Bestpass plans to have toll discount and management programs in place with 99% of all U.S. tolled miles, excluding only a few bridges and HOV lanes. The company says it’s working hard to bring its services to Oklahoma and Texas before the end of 2015, and anticipates adding coast-to-coast toll facility coverage in Canada some time in 2016.

Founded in 2001 by the New York State Motor Truck Association, and still owned by that group, Bestpass was designed for truckers, by truckers, to save time and money. Bestpass provides bulk purchasing and streamlined toll-management services to commercial fleets and owner-operators, including consolidated billing, violation processing, and a transponder compatible with the majority of toll facilities. 

Rolf Lockwood

Rolf Lockwood is editor emeritus of Today's Trucking and a regular contributor to Trucknews.com.

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