BURLINGAME, Calif., Feb. 11, 2015 – Drivewyze announces that eligible commercial carriers can now use the Drivewyze PreClear bypass service to bypass 22 agricultural inspection stations in Florida, in addition to 440 weigh stations and inspection sites in 33 states across the country.
Drivewyze recently reached an agreement with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement (OALE) allowing qualified carriers to bypass the Florida agriculture interdiction sites using Drivewyze PreClear. The OALE will allow qualified fleets to bypass agriculture inspection sites through the mobile inspection site bypass service. Drivewyze already began offering truck fleets and operators weigh station bypass service at 19 fixed interstate locations in Florida last year.
“The agricultural site bypasses are delivered as part of the standard Drivewyze bypass service,” said Drivewyze president Brian Heath. “There’s no additional sign-up process, and no lengthy paperwork or extra fees required.
All carriers that do not haul agriculture, and that do not operate refrigerated units (loaded or empty), may be eligible for the Drivewyze bypass opportunity at the agriculture inspection sites.
“The agricultural inspection sites are a critical component to safeguarding Florida’s agricultural industry, which contributes about $100 billion annually to the state’s economy,” Heath said. “That’s why officers must verify the identity of trucks and check to see whether they’re carrying loads that they should be examining more closely.
“But Florida officials also understand that requiring carriers, who aren’t operating reefer units or hauling agricultural products, to stop at all agriculture inspection sites can add unnecessary operating costs and delays to freight deliveries,” Heath added. “The delays can also contribute to congestion and backups in and around the sites, which create a serious safety hazard for the motoring public and make the work of their officers more difficult.”
By providing qualified carriers bypass opportunities at the agriculture inspection sites, enforcement officers with the OALE can concentrate their efforts on specific carriers of agricultural, horticultural, aquaculture, and livestock commodities, Heath said.
“We’re pleased to offer mobile inspection bypass service through Drivewyze at 22 agricultural interdiction sites,” said OALE Bureau of Uniform Services Chief Tim Rutherford. “Drivewyze can help us significantly reduce incidences when inspection sites become too congested and create dangerous traffic backups on the entrance ramps and on the highway.”
“With Drivewyze, eligible drivers don’t have to exit the highway and pass through the agriculture interdiction sites,” Rutherford said. “As a result, our officers can focus in on our core mission, protecting Florida agriculture. A lot of the non-agriculture trucks can remain on the highway and our officers can do their jobs without worrying about the impact of their work on traffic flow and highway safety.”
Drivewyze PreClear is the only cloud-based service to alert drivers 2 miles before approaching a weigh station or an agriculture inspection site in Florida. This allows the truck fleet or operator to earn up to a 98 percent bypass rate at weigh stations, depending on their safety record, and even more bypasses at Florida agriculture sites, depending on their load status. Each bypass saves an estimated $8.68 in driver time, vehicle operation, and fuel.*
Drivewyze is the nation’s largest commercial vehicle bypass program, and works on Android or iOS-based tablets or smartphones, and is also available on popular in-cab fleet devices from PeopleNet, Zonar and Rand McNally. Drivewyze customers using the Android version of the service are able to start receiving bypasses at the 22 Florida Agriculture sites immediately, while an update for Rand McNally, Zonar, PeopleNet and iOS users is coming soon.
A map with all of the currently active weigh stations in the South and across the country is available on the Drivewyze web site.
While the Drivewyze PreClear heads-up service is free, the bypass service is subscription-based and starts at $15.75 per vehicle per month with 30-day free trial offers and volume discounts available.
*Operating cost savings found in “Final Report: Economic Analysis and Business Case for Motor Carrier Support of CVISN”, sponsored by U.S. Department of Transportation, 2007.
About Drivewyze Inc.
Drivewyze Inc. is the smart mobility services company for the transportation industry. Drivewyze and its sister company, Intelligent Imaging Systems Inc., are on a mission to revolutionize the delivery of highway safety and transportation management through world-class products, systems and services. Drivewyze serves commercial drivers and fleets with innovative trucking apps such as Drivewyze Weigh Station Heads Up and Drivewyze PreClear Bypass service. Learn more about Drivewyze at www.drivewyze.com.