Progress made in replacing old Pikepass units
The number of Pikepass customers with outdated transponder units has been reduced to about 25,000, Oklahoma Turnpike Authority members were told Friday.
The authority recently deactivated 92,000 of the old units, which are being replaced with windshield stickers, said Tim Stewart, the authority's deputy director and chief operating officer.
The remaining 25,000 will be deactivated in the weeks ahead, about a month after customers receive their fifth and final notices.
All should be deactivated by April, he said.
The Turnpike Authority began switching to the windshield sticker tags in March.
Stewart said few of the tardy customers complained.
“Many of them were waiting for the last minute,” he said.
The Turnpike Authority switched to windshield tags because the hard-case units are no longer being produced.
The Turnpike Authority eventually will issue about 1.3 million windshield stickers to its 595,750 Pikepass account holders.
The old Pikepass units could be moved between vehicles, but now customers are required to have a separate sticker tag for each vehicle. The tag stops working as soon as it is removed from a windshield.
Customers can exchange the old units for the stickers at no cost. There is no charge to replace tags in the event of a broken windshield or a change of vehicle ownership.
Motorists with deactivated units will be charged the higher cash tolls instead of the discounted Pikepass fee. Motorists who don't respond or continue to refuse to get a windshield sticker will be sent a violation notice, which carries a $25 fine per event.
Customers with the old transponders who want to get windshield stickers may call (800) 745-3727.
MICHAEL MCNUTT, Capitol Bureau