The state is taking part in a pilot program to study the use of technology to enforce permit laws on overweight and oversized commercial vehicles on Indiana’s highways. The Indiana Department of Transportation says the technology has the potential to extend highway pavement life and increase truck compliance.
INDOT is partnering with the Indiana Department of Revenue, Indiana State Police, Purdue University and Kapsch TrafficCom on the pilot program. The state will use Kapsch’s technology to identify, weigh and assess the legal compliance of all trucks in real-time. Kapsch, based in Austria, has an office in Jeffersonville.
"As the volume of trucks on the State’s highways continues to increase, Indiana is leading the way in developing a 21st-century approach to compliance," INDOT Commissioner Brandye Hendrickson said. "This pilot program will give us valuable insights to develop a modern approach to enforcement that extends pavement life and enhances safety."
Kapsch’s system uses high-speed cameras and in-pavement scales to identify and weigh all trucks as they travel, which eliminates the need for trucks to pass through a weigh station. Using federal and state databases, the system can send a compliance assessment report to law enforcement, with which they can target potential violators or issue citations.
"New technology is increasingly valuable across all law enforcement efforts," Kim Judge, commercial vehicle enforcement administrator for the Indiana State Police said. "In combination with our mobile enforcement program and traditional weigh stations, the State Police now has a robust new tool that will multiply the effectiveness of each officer and provide round-the-clock coverage to help identify carriers who may be operating beyond the illegal limits."
Purdue’s Joint Transportation Research Program will analyze the results of the pilot program to determine the accuracy of the system and recommend possible legislative changes to the state’s enforcement program. You can learn more about the pilot program by clicking here.