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Electronic screening applications promote safety and efficiency for commercial vehicle operators. Carriers that equip their fleets with low-cost in-vehicle transponders can communicate with check stations and automatically transfer regulatory data to authorities as trucks approach check stations. These and other technologies such as weight-in-motion (WIM) scales improve efficiency and reduce congestion at check stations by allowing safe and legal carriers to bypass inspections and return to the mainline without stopping.


Cost of a province-wide, supplemental automated license plate reading system is $1,060,200 (CAN).(21-25 September 2009)

Start-up costs for electronic screening ranged from $1 million to $2.8 million per state; average O&M costs were about $160,000 per year.(03/02/2009)

Truck driver credentialing system at three Virginia terminals cost $7.5 million.(March 9, 2006)

The annualized life-cycle costs for full ITS deployment and operations in Tucson were estimated at $72.1 million. (May 2005)

A modeling study evaluated the potential deployment of full ITS capabilities in Cincinnati. The annualized life-cycle cost was estimated at $98.2 million.(May 2005)

The annualized life-cycle costs for full ITS deployment and operations in Seattle were estimated at $132.1 million.(May 2005)

TMC central hardware costs can exceed $200,000 if regional communications and system integration are required.(5 August 2004)

Using data from Kentucky and Connecticut, the initial deployment of full CVISN electronic screening at a static scale site is $522,252. The cost of upgrading each additional site to full CVISN electronic screening is $303,540.(March 2002)

Start-up costs for electronic screening ranged from $1 million to $2.8 million per state; average O&M costs were about $160,000 per year.(03/02/2009)

An Integrated Safety and Security Enforcement System (ISSES) was installed on I-75 near London, Kentucky at a cost of $350,000. Subsequent installations in the State of Kentucky were $500,000.(31 January 2008)

Recurrent costs for electronic screening ranged from $7 to $14 per transponder per month.(2 October 2007)

A seaport technology program planned for the Port of Oakland was projected to cost $30.6 million.(01/29/2018)

The cost to deploy an advanced weigh station with a preclearance system was estimated at $3.3 million.(03/30/2015)

I-70 Corridor ITS Study identifies system costs for several technology applications.(June 2010)

Cost of a province-wide, supplemental automated license plate reading system is $1,060,200 (CAN).(21-25 September 2009)

Start-up costs for electronic screening ranged from $1 million to $2.8 million per state; average O&M costs were about $160,000 per year.(03/02/2009)

The annualized life-cycle costs for full ITS deployment and operations in Tucson were estimated at $72.1 million. (May 2005)

A modeling study evaluated the potential deployment of full ITS capabilities in Cincinnati. The annualized life-cycle cost was estimated at $98.2 million.(May 2005)

The annualized life-cycle costs for full ITS deployment and operations in Seattle were estimated at $132.1 million.(May 2005)

ITS deployment set to improve safety, efficiency, air quality, and traveler information to cost $11,250,000 across Colorado.(12/29/2004)

Using data from Kentucky and Connecticut, the initial deployment of full CVISN electronic screening at a static scale site is $522,252. The cost of upgrading each additional site to full CVISN electronic screening is $303,540.(March 2002)

Weigh station electronic screening systems can be deployed with basic ($150,000) or advanced functions ($780,000).(8-12 November 1999)

Weigh station - Capital cost/unit - $4461633.33(2/4/2013)

Transponder - Capital cost/unit - $38(12/2/2005)

Weigh station - Capital cost/unit - $4461633.33(2/4/2013)

Electrical Conduit - Capital cost/unit - $10(05/26/2016)

Electrical Pull Box - Capital cost/unit - $10(05/26/2016)

Loop Detector Wire - Capital cost/unit - $10(05/26/2016)

Weigh-in-motion sensor - Capital cost/unit - $62425(2/4/2013)

Weigh station - Capital cost/unit - $62425(2/4/2013)

Weigh station - scale - Capital cost/unit - $62425(2/4/2013)

Weigh-in-motion system - Capital cost/unit - $62425(2/4/2013)

Weigh In Motion (WIM) - Capital cost/unit - $497000 - O&M cost/unit - $6240 - Lifetime - 10 years(2007)

Weigh-In-Motion Station - Capital cost/unit - $10

Piezoelectric sensor - Capital cost/unit - $10

Weigh In Motion System - Capital cost/unit - $21420(2013)

Weigh In Motion System - Capital cost/unit - $21420(2013)

WIM Roadway Devices - Capital cost/unit - $21420(01/01/2012)

WIM Site - Capital cost/unit - $21420(01/01/2012)

WIM Site - Capital cost/unit - $21420(01/01/2012)

Truck Weight Monitoring System - Capital cost/unit - $21420(01/01/2012)

WIM Site - Capital cost/unit - $21420(01/01/2012)

WIM Roadway Devices - Capital cost/unit - $21420(01/01/2012)

Truck Weight Monitoring System - Capital cost/unit - $21420(01/01/2012)

Fiber Optic Sign - Capital cost/unit - $21420(01/01/2012)

Fiber Optic Sign - Capital cost/unit - $21420(01/01/2012)

Truck Weight Monitoring System - Capital cost/unit - $21420(01/01/2012)

WIM Site - Capital cost/unit - $21420(01/01/2012)

WIM Roadway Devices - Capital cost/unit - $21420(01/01/2012)

WIM Site - Capital cost/unit - $21420(01/01/2012)

WIM Roadway Devices - Capital cost/unit - $21420(01/01/2012)

Fiber Optic Sign - Capital cost/unit - $21420(01/01/2012)

Truck Weight Monitoring System - Capital cost/unit - $21420(01/01/2012)

Fiber Optic Sign - Capital cost/unit - $21420(01/01/2012)

WIM Roadway Devices - Capital cost/unit - $21420(01/01/2012)

Truck Weight Monitoring System - Capital cost/unit - $21420(01/01/2012)

Fiber Optic Sign - Capital cost/unit - $21420(01/01/2012)

Commercial Vehicle Check Station – Integration of PrePass with FDOT System - O&M cost/unit - $500000(5 August 2004)

In a test using RFID tags for border crossing identification, full electronic verification and screening took place in one second compared to 15 minutes when done manually, and correctly identified vehicles' compliancy status 99 percent of the time.(October 2009)

Deploying CVISN at a border crossing led to a 32 percent improvement in inspection efficiency and also saved shippers $228,120 per year.(July 2008)

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection ACE e-Manifest System provides annual cost savings of over $2,000 to carriers and inspection staff in all but one scenario analyzed.(January 2008)

Final Evaluation Report: Ambassador Bridge Border Crossing System (ABBCS) Field Operational Test(May 2000)

In the mid-continent transportation corridor, a study of electronic border clearance technologies found that benefit-to-cost ratios for motor carriers range from 85:1 to 718:1(8-12 November 1999)

A simulation study of a transponder based system to improve border crossing processes for cars and trucks at the Peace Bridge between the U.S. and Canada found that, with 50 percent of the vehicles equipped with the technology, the average inspection time for cars and trucks would decrease by 14 to 66 percent.(April 1999)

A series of interviews with commercial vehicle operators across the U.S. indicated that truck and motorcoach drivers are in strong agreement in favor of some ITS applications, but have mixed opinions about other applications. (1997)

Automated enforcement systems that check motor carrier compliance with weight-distance tax regulations could recover up to $10.4 million annually from tax evaders in Kentucky.(01/13/2019)

Smart Roadside Inspection Stations can reduce emissions annually by 6.57 metric tonnes by not performing needless commercial vehicle inspections; compliant carriers saved $89,425 annually.(February 2013)

Adding an Automated License Plate Reader system to supplement an electronic credentialing system produces an estimated benefit cost ratio of 26.2:1.(21-25 September 2009)

Improvements in commercial vehicle travel times, fuel savings and emission reductions are five times greater when using an Automated License Plate Recognition system to determine inspection pull overs in conjunction with an electronic credentialling system.(21-25 September 2009)

Nearly all respondents (98 percent) to a nationwide motor carrier survey reported that CVISN electronic screening improved shipping times and reduced turnaround time delays.(03/02/2009)

CVISN technologies that improve carrier compliance can increase safety and carrier efficiency; benefit-to-cost ratios approach 7.5 for electronic screening and 2.6 for electronic credentialing.(03/02/2009)

Using Inspection Selection Systems (ISS) and out-of-service (OOS) history information provided by safety information exchange programs can lead to significant reductions in crashes injuries and fatalities due to heavy vehicles.(03/02/2009)

The Oregon DOT estimated that weigh-in-motion and electronic screening systems at 21 weigh stations can save motor carriers more than $600,000 per year in fuel costs and increase annual freight transport by more than two million miles.

The Oregon DOT estimated that weigh-in-motion and electronic screening systems at 21 weigh stations can reduce emissions of harmful particulate matter by 0.5 tons per year.

Pre-clearance systems that use interagency coordination to deploy interoperable electronic toll collection (ETC) and electronic screening (E-screening) systems improve the efficiency of motor carrier operations by saving time and money. Interoperable applications incorporated into a single transponder can save carriers between $0.63 to $2.15 per event at weigh stations. (12/2/2005)

In Colorado, an automated commercial vehicle pre-screening system installed at three ports of entry check stations saved 48,200 gallons of fuel per month.(12/29/2004)

In Colorado, an automated commercial vehicle pre-screening system installed at three ports of entry check stations saved approximately 8,000 vehicle hours of delay per month.(12/29/2004)

A simulation study of an Indiana weigh station found that implementing weigh-in-motion technology and equipping 40 to 50 percent of trucks with electronic screening transponders would significantly reduce queue overflows.(8-12 November 1999)

In the mid-continent transportation corridor, a study of electronic credentialing found that benefit-to-cost ratios for motor carriers and state agencies range from 0.7 to 2.7.(8-12 November 1999)

Evaluation of an automated commercial vehicle safety enforcement system in New South Wales, Australia found that the system had a benefit-to-cost ratio of 2.5:1. (June 1998)

In 1994, the HELP/Crescent project evaluated the potential benefits of implementing automatic vehicle identification, weigh-in-motion, electronic screening, credentialing, automatic vehicle classification, and integrated communications and databases, and projected that these systems would yield a benefit-to-cost ratio ranging from 4.8:1 to 12:1 for state governments.(February 1994)

Smart Roadside Inspection Stations can reduce emissions annually by 6.57 metric tonnes by not performing needless commercial vehicle inspections; compliant carriers saved $89,425 annually.(February 2013)

Nearly all respondents (98 percent) to a nationwide motor carrier survey reported that CVISN electronic screening improved shipping times and reduced turnaround time delays.(03/02/2009)

CVISN technologies that improve carrier compliance can increase safety and carrier efficiency; benefit-to-cost ratios approach 7.5 for electronic screening and 2.6 for electronic credentialing.(03/02/2009)

Using Inspection Selection Systems (ISS) and out-of-service (OOS) history information provided by safety information exchange programs can lead to significant reductions in crashes injuries and fatalities due to heavy vehicles.(03/02/2009)

The Oregon DOT estimated that weigh-in-motion and electronic screening systems at 21 weigh stations can save motor carriers more than $600,000 per year in fuel costs and increase annual freight transport by more than two million miles.

The Oregon DOT estimated that weigh-in-motion and electronic screening systems at 21 weigh stations can reduce emissions of harmful particulate matter by 0.5 tons per year.

Most truck drivers who participated in an evaluation of CVISN technology felt that electronic screening saved them time but lacked a set of standards governing inspection selection; motor carriers were concerned with the cost-effectiveness of the technology.(March 2002)

An evaluation of CVISN technologies found that electronic screening techniques that promote compliance with commercial vehicle safety inspections could prevent thousands of truck accidents each year.(March 2002)

CVO inspectors participating in CVISN focus groups felt that CVISN technology saved time, and improved the speed and accuracy of data reporting. (March 2002)

In 2000, a survey of Maryland motor carriers asked them if electronic screening at mainline speeds would decrease unsafe and illegal carriers; approximately 32 percent agreed, 25 percent disagreed, and 42 percent were neutral; 24 percent were willing to participate despite the possibility of incurring more costs.(14 November 2000)

In the mid-continent transportation corridor, a study of electronic screening technologies found that benefit-to-cost ratios for motor carriers and state agencies range from 6.0:1 to 11.9:1.(8-12 November 1999)

An evaluation of the Maryland Commercial Vehicle Information Systems and Networks program indicated the program would have a benefit-to-cost ratio ranging from 3.17 to 4.83 over a 10 year lifecycle.(November 1998)

Advanced weigh stations with preclearance systems have benefit-to-cost ratios ranging from 8.9:1 to 12.8:1.(03/30/2015)

Smart Roadside Inspection Stations can reduce emissions annually by 6.57 metric tonnes by not performing needless commercial vehicle inspections; compliant carriers saved $89,425 annually.(February 2013)

Adding an Automated License Plate Reader system to supplement an electronic credentialing system produces an estimated benefit cost ratio of 26.2:1.(21-25 September 2009)

Improvements in commercial vehicle travel times, fuel savings and emission reductions are five times greater when using an Automated License Plate Recognition system to determine inspection pull overs in conjunction with an electronic credentialling system.(21-25 September 2009)

Nearly all respondents (98 percent) to a nationwide motor carrier survey reported that CVISN electronic screening improved shipping times and reduced turnaround time delays.(03/02/2009)

The Oregon DOT estimated that weigh-in-motion and electronic screening systems at 21 weigh stations can save motor carriers more than $600,000 per year in fuel costs and increase annual freight transport by more than two million miles.

The Oregon DOT estimated that weigh-in-motion and electronic screening systems at 21 weigh stations can reduce emissions of harmful particulate matter by 0.5 tons per year.

In 2000, a survey of Maryland motor carriers asked them if electronic screening at mainline speeds would decrease unsafe and illegal carriers; approximately 32 percent agreed, 25 percent disagreed, and 42 percent were neutral; 24 percent were willing to participate despite the possibility of incurring more costs.(14 November 2000)

A simulation study of an Indiana weigh station found that implementing weigh-in-motion technology and equipping 40 to 50 percent of trucks with electronic screening transponders would significantly reduce queue overflows.(8-12 November 1999)

In the mid-continent transportation corridor, a study of electronic screening technologies found that benefit-to-cost ratios for motor carriers and state agencies range from 6.0:1 to 11.9:1.(8-12 November 1999)

A prototype CVO electronic screening and credentialing system deployed on two interstate corridors was projected to have a benefit-to-cost ratio of 3.6 over 20 years as a result of improved safety and productivity for agencies and commercial carriers.(1996)

In 1994, the HELP/Crescent project evaluated the potential benefits of implementing automatic vehicle identification, weigh-in-motion, electronic screening, credentialing, automatic vehicle classification, and integrated communications and databases, and projected that these systems would yield a benefit-to-cost ratio ranging from 4.8:1 to 12:1 for state governments.(February 1994)

Institutional Issues Affecting the Implementation of IVHS Technologies to Commercial Vehicle Operations in the State of Indiana(1993)

Electronic screening produced operating cost savings per bypass of $8.68 for interstate motor carriers.(2 October 2007)

In Maryland, electronic screening and credentialing systems deployed as part of the CVISN program had an overall estimated benefit-to-cost ratio ranging from 3.28 to 4.68.(November 1998)

ITS CVO applications for electronic screening were projected to have a benefit-to-cost ratio ranging from 1.9:1 to 6.5:1.(1996)

Use a bi-national stakeholder forum to help apply ITS technology at an international border crossing.(10/1/2003)

Monitor emerging security requirements and legislation that may impact commercial vehicle business processes.(10/1/2003)

Protect data privacy by implementing user authorization levels for sensitive information.(10/1/2003)

Use an interoperable transponder to assure maximum benefits to both the private and public sector.(10/1/2003)

When implementing a web responsive framework that leverages DSRC technology to expedite CMV weigh station bypass, ensure consistent communications between the driver’s mobile device application and the vehicle’s OBU.(09/01/2015)

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.(03/30/2015)

Facilitate integration of CVISN by establishing cooperative relationship among stakeholders and promoting incentives to improve mobile communications and enhance enforcement.(28 February 2007)

Ensure active oversight by knowledgeable state government staff of any complex ITS integration work that involves multiple contractors working simultaneously.(9/1/2004)

Assure success by involving all the relevant state agencies and the motor carrier industry early in the CVISN development process.(9/1/2004)

Maintain frequent and open communications with other states and the federal government when developing and deploying new, complex ITS technologies.(9/1/2004)

Work with the trucking industry to assure success in deploying an electronic credentialing system for commercial vehicles.(9/1/2004)

Use a bi-national stakeholder forum to help apply ITS technology at an international border crossing.(10/1/2003)

Monitor emerging security requirements and legislation that may impact commercial vehicle business processes.(10/1/2003)

Protect data privacy by implementing user authorization levels for sensitive information.(10/1/2003)

Use an interoperable transponder to assure maximum benefits to both the private and public sector.(10/1/2003)

Be sure to identify and take into account features unique to each state when designing and deploying ITS technology projects across multiple states.(3/29/2002)

When implementing a web responsive framework that leverages DSRC technology to expedite CMV weigh station bypass, ensure consistent communications between the driver’s mobile device application and the vehicle’s OBU.(09/01/2015)

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.(03/30/2015)

Recognize that the Smart InfraRed Inspection System has promise for increasing productivity of inspection personnel but not yet ready for national deployment due to lack of accuracy in flagging commercial vehicles with potential defects.(06/01/2011)

Facilitate integration of CVISN by establishing cooperative relationship among stakeholders and promoting incentives to improve mobile communications and enhance enforcement.(28 February 2007)

Ensure active oversight by knowledgeable state government staff of any complex ITS integration work that involves multiple contractors working simultaneously.(9/1/2004)

Assure success by involving all the relevant state agencies and the motor carrier industry early in the CVISN development process.(9/1/2004)

Be sure to identify and take into account features unique to each state when designing and deploying ITS technology projects across multiple states.(3/29/2002)

When implementing a web responsive framework that leverages DSRC technology to expedite CMV weigh station bypass, ensure consistent communications between the driver’s mobile device application and the vehicle’s OBU.(09/01/2015)

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.(03/30/2015)

Implement a commercial vehicle e-credentialing program in order to make administration and roadside inspections more efficient, keep vehicles moving on the state's roads, and expedite registration.(9/1/2004)

Ensure that new technology deployed in a weigh station to detect high-risk heavy trucks is in alignment with state organizational goals and inspection priorities.(31 January 2008)