Cross-border transponder registration waiting for technology to catch up

OTTAWA — It will still be a little longer before cross-border transponder transactions can be made on the Internet, so traditional paper may be needed for renewals in the near future.

The web-based Decal and Transponder Online Procurement System (DTOPS) system for the renewal of transponders is still under construction and the Canadian Trucking Alliance is strongly encouraging carriers to submit the renewal application form soon in an effort to avoid possible delays to renewals by January 1, 2009.

The CTA has been working closely with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to resolve some of the issues around DTOPS delayed implementation.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) expected the website to be operational for user fee decal and transponder transactions beginning on Sept. 24.

The new site was supposed to mirror the main functionality of the former decal and transponder payment system TradeLinks, a public Internet site developed and maintained by Mellon Bank. With DTOPS, public users with a web browser and Internet access will be able to purchase, renew, and transfer user fees for the transponders for their vehicles.

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