Bestpass rolls out new Horizon transponder, expands tolling network

by Truck News

LOUISVILLE, Ky.– Bestpass introduced its new Horizon transponder last week at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

“We’re deploying the Horizon transponder so 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 country,” said John Andrews, president and CEO of Bestpass. “With this new transponder we can now offer our customers a solution that minimizes transponder requirements, maximizes flexibility and savings, and radically improves our single account, single service centre toll management service.”

The transponder will allow for single source toll account management for the major toll facilities not currently part of E-ZPass. This will remove the need for several transponders. It is currently undergoing testing with early adopter fleets in Kansas and Florida, and once initial testing is complete, fleets including Schneider, Werner, Prime.

The new transponder announcement coincides with the planned completion of affiliations with tolling authorities across North America. The addition of the Kansas Turnpike and Florida’s Turnpike, including the range of all other SunPass tolled facilities in Florida, will result in a significant number of toll road miles.

“We are eager to test this new transponder so that we can welcome Bestpass customers into the electronic lanes on the Kansas Turnpike,” said KTA CEO Steve Hewitt.

Bestpass said by August it plans to have toll discount and management program in place with 99% of all U.S. toll roads.  The company also said they want to add coast-to-coast toll facility coverage in Canada sometime next year.

“With the addition of these major tolling authorities to our network, we are further streamlining our single source toll service for our fleet and owner-operator customers,” Andrews said. “It’s an exciting time for Bestpass as we move closer to fulfilling plans to be the one-stop shop for complete toll management geared specifically to the user community that needs it the most, trucking, while also solving the unique needs of a diverse and complex tolling community.”

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