Beneficial Technology – Bypassing Weigh Stations
No, we are not recommending that truck drivers skip required weigh stations… we are talking about new technology that is being used in the state of Washington. Technology being used by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) called CVISN (Commercial Vehicle Information Systems and Networks) has enabled commercial vehicles to detour weigh stations.
Benefits of CVISN
The truck driver shortage is a major concern for carriers and shippers alike. Hours of service regulations also create time crunches meaning that there is a great need for carriers to decrease travel times in a safe way. The CVISN is a great solution, and has proven to be helpful in Washington. In 2011, this technology allowed 1.1 million commercial vehicles to bypass weight stations. Weigh station stops only take about 5 minutes; however, this adds up quickly. Cutting out weigh station stops alone decreased overall travel time by about 98,000 hours. The grand total of cost savings for time and fuel? A staggering $12.1 million in 2011 according to Washington state officials.
How CVISN Works
The system uses transponders, weigh-in-motion scales, and automatic license plate recognition that screens trucks as they approach. 39% of all commercial vehicles in Washington used the CVISN transponders, and this percentage continues to climb consistently. The steady climb of use speaks to the technology’s clear benefits.
In the past four years, carriers have saved over $50 million and increased travel times by 414,000 hours. And this is only with 39% of all commercial vehicles in one state using the technology. Imagine the cost savings when CVISN becomes more widespread!