Improve the effectiveness of commercial motor vehicle enforcement officers by integrating the function of roadside electronic screening systems with consolidated vehicle and driver safety compliance databases.

Evaluation results and recommendations for Michigan commercial vehicle enforcement strategies and facilities

Michigan,United States

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Consider implementation of systems that integrate enforcement technologies and consolidate data to enable electronic identification and verification of safety compliance of commercial vehicles. This has the potential to improve efficiency by ensuring that officers focus their inspection resources on those vehicles, carriers and drivers most likely to present a significant safety risk. Fixed and mobile systems should be considered for implementation.

Periodically review commercial vehicle traffic and routes to see where mobile weight enforcement should be applied. The decision to maintain a given enforcement site should be based on potential violation rate and coverage.

Use mobile screening as a supplemental strategy focusing on potential bypass routes with higher potential violation rates. This strategy, supplemented with mobile systems of integrated technologies and data consolidation, have the potential to provide the necessary deterrence on routes unsuitable for fixed weigh station (e.g., those locations with higher violation rates, but commercial vehicle average daily traffic (CADT) less than 2,200).

Implementation of enhanced enforcement technologies were expected to minimize the number of overweight trucks on Michigan’s roadways and reduce costly pavement damage with little additional cost to the trucking industry.

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Evaluating Michigan Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Strategies and Facilities

Author: Kwigizile,Valerian; Jun-Seok Oh; Fathi Alkhatni; Randy Jorge (Western Michigan University); Andrew Ceifetz; Joyce Yassin (Opus International Consultants)

Published By: Michigan DOT

Source Date: 03/30/2015

Other Reference Number: Report No. RC 1622

URL: https://rosap.ntl.bts.gov/view/dot/28753

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