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Effectiveness of Weigh Station Pre-Clearance/E-Screening Systems

Goal:

To research available weigh station pre-clearance/e-screening systems to determine their effectiveness related to roadside enforcement efforts, commercial vehicle safety, crash reduction, injuries avoided, and lives saved.

Background:

The Innovative Technology Deployment (ITD) Grant Program allows States to purchase, install, and maintain pre-clearance/e-screening systems to help them manage commercial vehicle traffic for the purposes of roadside inspection selection.

Summary:

The research team will identify and research the most prevalent weigh station pre-clearance/e-screening systems; conduct a side-by-side analysis of screening information made available to States; perform a roadside analysis on usage of systems by enforcement personnel; complete an inspection analysis of carriers that would have been cleared versus carriers without pre-clearance systems onboard; assess the benefits of pre-clearance/e-screening systems to industry; and determine crashes prevented, injuries avoided, and lives saved due to the use of e-screening systems.

Outcomes:

Final report.
 

Milestones:

Completed:

October 2017: Kick-off meeting.
November 2017: Final work plan due.
January 2018: Draft market scan of existing technologies and literature review submitted.
Summer 2018: Conduct roadside analysis on usage of systems by roadside enforcement personnel.
June 2018: Conduct inspection analysis of carriers.
July 2018: Determine e-screening benefits.
September 2018: Final briefing; final report and public-use dataset due.

Funding:

FY17 Funding: $225,500

Current Status:

Complete - report pending publication.

Project Manager:

For more information, contact Tom Kelly of the Technology Division at (202) 480-5240 or thomas.kelly@dot.gov.

Contractor:

MaineWay Services