The new year means many of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority's Pikepass customers should receive new windshield sticker tags.
Distribution efforts of the new stickers will pick up early this year, with plans to get them sent to all account holders by the end of next year, said Jack Damrill, Turnpike Authority spokesman.
The sticker tags are replacing hard-case units that mount on the windshield. The hard-case units are no longer being produced.
The sticker tags should solve a problem with hard-case units that are switched between the same account holder's vehicles. When the hard-case units aren't mounted correctly, electronic readers at the turnpike gates can misread or not read the tags.
The sticker tag mounts on the windshield under the rearview mirror, similar to where the hard-case tag is placed. But the sticker must be mounted correctly in order for it to work properly; a few motorists who were selected to try out the stickers reported difficulties putting the sticker on the windshield, Damrill said.
No serious problems have occurred during two rounds of tests with the stickers on more than 25,000 vehicles, including 15,000 commercial trucks, he said. Those who took part in the trial tests were allowed to keep their sticker tags.
So far, nearly 32,000 sticker tags have been issued. The Turnpike Authority has nearly 543,000 Pikepass accounts.
Some Pikepass customers who have more than one vehicle switch the hard case tags between vehicles. Damrill said a sticker tag will be required for each vehicle.