A demonstration featuring a new e-inspection technology showed the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) how truck drivers could save time through the power of electronics — and potentially improve CSA safety scores. The demonstration featured trucks and buses electronically communicating with weigh station systems as they approached the facility and allowed them to not even have to slow down.
This was a look into the first potential commercial deployment of what was previously known as Wireless Roadside Inspection Technology. What the system does is communicate critical safety data on both the vehicle and the driver. That includes driver identification, electronic logging information and the weight of the vehicle as well as other attributes.
“It’s next generation technology, delivered today,” said Brian Heath, president of Drivewyze, the company developing the e-inspection system. Heath calls it the first solution that allows truck drivers to augment traditional roadside safety inspections.
Maryland State Police Captain Normal Dofflemyer believes one of the big benefits of the new system would be to potentially reduce some weigh-station logjams by allowing inspectors a better window into carriers’ and drivers’ safety records. “If the carrier or driver has a solid safety record, and (the truck) is not overweight, we can save them through the inspection site,” he said.
The way the system currently works, if a truck bypasses a weigh station for whatever reason, no credit is logged in the Motor Carrier Management and Information System (MCMIS). The hope is that with the new e-inspection system, truck drivers would have their information logged in the MCMIS to count towards CSA safety scores.
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