SOURCE: American Traffic Solutions

American Traffic Solutions

October 01, 2013 08:00 ET

American Traffic Solutions Fleet Services "PlatePass" Helping to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

SCOTTSDALE, AZ--(Marketwired - October 01, 2013) - PlatePass®, the electronic toll payment system that enables renters and fleet drivers to use high-speed, electronic toll collection (ETC) lanes does more than just make driving more convenient; turns out, the service also is good for the environment.

Designed to help rental car customers and fleet drivers use high-speed, cashless toll lanes without incurring costly violations, PlatePass also can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by enabling drivers to bypass slower stop-and-go traffic on non-toll roads as well as backups at cash toll lanes, eliminating extended idling.

A recent study by the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association compared the emissions of air pollutants on an all-electronic, cashless toll road to those on a parallel non-toll roadway. The findings showed using the ETC road reduced overall fuel consumption and vehicle emissions, with reductions in dangerous pollutants ranging from 28 percent to 56 percent. The study also found less idling not only provided cleaner air, but also saved drivers millions of dollars annually by not burning through fuel while waiting in traffic.

Another analysis of ETC roads and greenhouse gases showed driving through a cashless tolling station can lower CO2 emissions by more than 60 percent compared to driving through cash-only tolling stations. In the study, performed by the Center for Transportation Training and Research at Texas Southern University, a vehicle emitted an average of 160 grams of CO2 while driving through a cashless tolling station versus 480 grams while using a cash lane.

To date, PlatePass has paid nearly 50 million tolls for fleet and rental car drivers on toll roads throughout the country, translating in a reduction of roughly 16 billion grams of CO2 emitted into the air or the equivalent of approximately 1.8 million gallons of gasoline.

"The convenience of PlatePass and its ability to reduce stop-and-go traffic results in both environmental and quality-of-life benefits," said Adam Draizin, president of ATS Fleet Services. "PlatePass not only is beneficial for rental and fleet drivers but also has indirect environmental benefits." 

PlatePass -- just another way ATS is making life safer, easier and greener on the road ahead.

ATS Fleet Services will be exhibiting at the Green Fleet Conference & Expo in Phoenix, Arizona, Oct. 1-2 (Booth #305).

About American Traffic Solutions:

ATS is the leading provider of fleet toll and violation management solutions in North America. Working with some of North America's largest Fleet Management Companies and Rental Car Companies, ATS Fleet Services processes more than 12 million toll transactions and over 700,000 violations every year. For more information on our fleet services, visit us online at www.atsfleetservices.com.

ATS also is proud to be North America's market leader in road safety camera installations. ATS has more than 3,200 installed red-light, speed and school bus stop arm safety cameras serving more than 30 million people. Its customers include New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Seattle, St. Louis, Washington, D.C., and more. ATS is a privately-owned, U.S. corporation. For more information, visit us online at www.atsol.com.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Charles Territo
    Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Marketing, Communications
    Phone: (480) 443-7000
    Email: media@atsol.com