19 Sep OVERLOADED TRUCKS? PAY ATTENTION OR PAY A FINE…
Each country has its own specifications about the maximum gross weight a truck is allowed to carry. A harmonised system and regulations all over Europe would be very convenient, but that is still not the case. It can be difficult as well to discover those overweight trucks. Therefore the Czech Republic is testing and implementing a Weigh-In-Motions system (WIM system).
HOW DOES IT WORK?
A WIM system is an intelligent device that measures the weight of wheels, axles and vehicles passing over the sensors embedded in the road pavement. The system is also connected to cameras that can read the vehicle registration numbers. The measured weights and the registration number will be compared with the truck’s maximum permissible weight. An overloaded truck can be detected very quickly and the carrier will automatically receive a fine by post.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
The automated system gives authorities time to focus on other activities. Nowadays the police needs to bring the truck to a weighbridge and that takes a lot of time and money.
Another positive effect is the protection against road damage due to overloaded vehicles. So the system helps to prolong the lifetime of roads.
Additionally, a toll per tonne can be implemented if wanted.
ARE THERE ALSO WEAKNESSES?
In case of a change in the road conditions (damage, subsidence…) the accuracy may be lower. To prevent issues, regular maintenance is needed.
The testing period has been positive. Originally the equipment needed to be operational already in 2016, but it turned out to be technically more demanding than predicted.
Official implementation will be launched soon.
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