Oklahoma Turnpike Authority's Pikepass replacement makes progress
The Oklahoma recently deactivated 92,000 of the old transponder units. About 25,000 remain. The authority in March began replacing the units with windshield sticker tags.
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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