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FasTrak toll road transponder in nose cone?

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by brucet999, May 25, 2015.

  1. brucet999

    brucet999 Active Member

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    Does anyone know whether a toll road transponder (FasTrak in SoCal) can function from inside the nosecone? I assume the things use RF, so should not have signal blocked by nosecone plastic.
     
  2. hadfiiw

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    The NC Quick Pass (which also works on the Northeast EasyPass, FL SunPass, and GA PeachPass systems) works great from inside the cone. We get the front license plate option (but don't have a front plate here in NC).
     
  3. CHG-ON

    CHG-ON Still in love after all these miles

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    I have mine in the nose cone. I can't tell from my bill if they are reading my Fastrack or my license plate. But I have been billed correctly.
     
  4. dandelot

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    Dunno about SoCal, but in NorCal, with FasTrak touching top of windshield and
    right side of mirror (that little area with minimal black window paint)
    I've never had a problem getting a reading on a bridge. Says "Valid Fastrak"
    every time. I do sort of worry about it so I pay close attention to the speed
    on the signs at the tollbooth and get down to the printed speed.
     
  5. blc1017

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    I am in Northern California, and have had my FasTrak in my nosecone since purchase (2013). It works 100% of the time; I also don't have a front license plate installed, so I know that the FasTrak is the device that is getting read. The SC installed it for me.
     
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    Plate-mount style EZPass transponders in the mid-Atlantic area work just fine behind the nosecone.
     
  7. brucet999

    brucet999 Active Member

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    I don't understand. What does speed have to do with it?
     
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    i've only had my MS for a few weeks but i've tested this approach 2X so far and it's worked like a charm. thanks to the forum for the suggestion! my DS didn't have any guidance when i asked.

     
  9. sapitz1

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    I too confirmed this position worked today. Right side of mirror at the very top of the glass. Got the beep crossing the Benicia Bridge and am thrilled!
     
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    With FasTrak in the nose cone, if you drive on 680 in the Commute Lane/Toll Road will you be charged as if you are a solo driver using the Commuter Lane?
     
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    I'm not sure I understand the question...I am assuming from your post that there must be overhead transponders/thingies on some portions of 680 (near Mission Blvd, perhaps?). I suspect that if that is the case, it would work, as I routinely drive 680 on the Benicia Bridge, and have never had problems with their overhead transponders. I also have HOV stickers for the Commute/HOV lanes
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  12. ddimit

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    In the toll lanes you will get charged with the license plate tag.

    Fas Trak FAQ specifically states you don't need the transponder in the toll lanes with the White Sticker on your car.

    For internal windshield transponders the advise putting it in the mylar bag in the glove box so it does not get read on the toll lane readers.
     
  13. blc1017

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    You still get charged when going across some, if not all, of the bridges in the Bay Area even in the HOV lane (fees are just reduced), so you need a FasTrak or your front license plate in place. I routinely drive across the Bay Bridge and love being able to zip through in the commuter lane.
     
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    We discussed this earlier in another thread... The conclusion is if the windshield doesn't work for you, the rear glass does work. I just put mine on the parcel shelf and it scans fine here in SoCal. Nose cone and front windshield were impossible for me.
     
  15. brucet999

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    Impossible because you couldn't mount it in the nosecone or it didn't work there?
     
  16. Ed Chan

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    It didn't work for me there.. I only got license plate reads on my statement. Also pretty tight and I'd worry about water.... Well, if it rained at all here!
     
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    Do you have a front license plate?
     

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