e-Inspection demonstration to government officials, industry stakeholders offers opportunity for next generation alternative compliance program

e-Inspection demonstration showcases technology to help improve highway safety.


Drivewyze PreClear provides a convenient, safe and secure automated bypass solution for both permanent and mobile inspection sites, he noted, extending bypass services to local, low-volume and remote weigh stations and ports of entry.

Transparency

"Drivewyze, as it's used today, is a transparent, neutral platform that allows state agencies to reward safe truck and bus companies (as indicated by CSA scores) with bypass opportunities," said Heath. "This frees front line inspection officers to focus their attention on the trucks and buses that need inspections.

"A secure interface inside the weigh station displays the results of each bypass request after it has been automatically processed. Based on carrier, vehicle and driver-level data, and a state's bypass criteria, trucks are told to either bypass or report to the weigh station.

"Aside from a 2 percent random inspection, most fleets with high safety scores can enjoy bypass rates of up to 98 percent."

Maryland, which is the number four producer of commercial vehicle safety enforcement in the U.S., implemented the Drivewyze bypass system last September.

"It is allowing us to see critical information on that vehicle in real-time, then bypass the safe owner-operators and fleets and concentrate our efforts on the vehicles and drivers that should be inspected," Dofflemyer said. "Our only wish is that more trucks were equipped with the bypass system. "

All of Maryland's 15 state patrol-operated weigh and inspection stations are equipped to utilize Drivewyze. There was no cost to the state since the system uses GPS and is cloud-based. The Maryland State Police simply utilize the computer monitors already at its stations.

The Maryland Transportation Authority, an independent agency responsible for managing, operating and improving the state's toll facilities, plans to rollout Drivewyze at its 9 weigh stations.

"The capability of transmitting additional Commercial Driver's License (CDL) and Hours of Service (HOS) compliance information, plus weigh in motion, is now a reality and it has been developed at no cost to the government," noted Dofflemyer.

Carrier participants

Participating in the technology demonstration were J.B. Hunt (www.jbhunt.com) - one of the largest transportation logistics companies in North America; Allied Automotive Group (www.alliedautomotive.com) - provides vehicle transportation services across North America with the largest car hauling fleet in the industry and motorcoach company DATTCO (www.dattco.com).

"We've talked with many fleets throughout the country and there is support for what we are displaying," said Drivewyze's Heath. "Drivewyze bypass services already offer carriers the opportunity to save time, fuel and money. The system also now supports incentivizing carriers to provide additional CDL and HOS information.

"This lets responsible fleets leverage their investments in fleet management and safety systems to minimize delays while on the road."

Government acceptance

According to Heath, the vision is to offer truck and bus companies more than bypass service alone.

"The trucking industry is very motivated to have these advanced real-time driver and vehicle safety screening events count as an electronic inspection (e-Inspection) in their safety profile," he said. "The hope would be that e-Inspections could be accepted by FMCSA as a new type of inspection that would count as a credit in a carrier's CSA safety score. This reward would strongly incentivize carriers to participate in the program.

"The more FMCSA rewards carriers for investments in this technology, the more information the industry will be willing to share in exchange. But, again, it's voluntary. Today, carriers need only share basic carrier and vehicle information to participate in the program."

Another piece of the puzzle is the wireless integration of weigh-in-motion technology.

"FHWA has invested millions of dollars in imbedded scales near weigh stations and throughout the country at thousands of transportation planning sites," continued Heath. "Our technology captures the weight of a vehicle and adds it to the vehicle profile for use at the next inspection station, which may be many miles from the sensors itself.

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