Weigh Station Bypass Paying Dividends to Owner-Operator Marty Lester



Owner Operator Saves Time and Frustrations

FRANKFORT, Ind., June 12, 2014 –  “It’s the best money I can spend.”

For an owner-operator that’s high praise, but that’s exactly how Marty Lester, an owner-operator from Frankfort, Ind., feels about being able to bypass weigh stations though Drivewyze PreClear technology.

Hauling general freight and refrigerated loads while leased to Integrity Logistics, Lester generally makes north-to-south runs from Michigan to Florida and sometimes Texas. “Right now produce is running heavy so I’m making a lot of runs to Florida. Drivewyze is in the majority of states I travel – including Florida and Texas – so it’s great that I can save time and money by bypassing weigh stations.” Drivewyze is available at 333 sites in 25 states, with more being added each month.

The Drivewyze PreClear weigh station app is loaded on Lester’s Samsung Galaxy 3 smartphone, which functions like a mobile transponder using cell phone technology. As Lester approaches within 2 miles of a Drivewyze-enabled weigh station or inspection site, the service alerts Lester with a message on the screen “Inspection Site – 2 Miles.” The DOT number of Integrity, which has a high safety score, is then transmitted to the weigh station.  Then at one mile, Lester is alerted with a bypass – a green “GO,” or pull-in notification.

Since starting the service in December, Lester has enjoyed 64 bypasses out of 71 bypass opportunities. In April alone, he had 14 out of 14 bypasses.  According to a report that Drivewyze provided Lester, he’s saved 5.3 hours of time by bypassing weigh stations and saved more than $500 in time and fuel since starting the service.

“It really is a time saver and convenience for me,” said Lester. “Just a couple bypasses per month pays for the service.” An FMCSA study showed a single bypass made for several minutes can save drivers $8.68 in lost time and fuel costs.

Lester said he also likes the fact that Drivewzye is dedicated to privacy for drivers. “I was at first concerned about that, but after talking with the folks at Drivewyze and getting to know them, I’m very comfortable. They don’t track me, or my hours of service, or share any of my driving information with law enforcement. That’s important to me and I wouldn’t be using their service if it were otherwise.”

The Drivewyze PreClear weigh station bypass application can be used on Android and iOS-based tablets or smartphones, and is integrated into PeopleNet Blu.2 and Tablet devices, and the Zonar 2020. Rand McNally and Drivewyze recently announced an agreement to provide the Drivewyze PreClear weigh station bypass service for Rand McNally’s suite of mobile fleet management devices. Drivewyze PreClear 3.0, the newest version of the weigh station application, comes with Weigh Station Heads Up service for real-time notifications for more than 700 weigh stations and inspection sites nationwide.

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 free trial offers and volume discounts available.