Infrastructure Funding: Can Automated Weigh Station Screening Be a Revenue Source?

Automated weigh station technology can generate money for state transportation and law enforcement agencies, according to Andrew Martin, a senior research scientist at the University of Kentucky’s Transportation Center.

Automated screening technologies can photograph and record a truck’s license plate or U.S. Department of Transportation registration number. Martin delivered a presentation estimating the benefits of automated commercial vehicle enforcement at the Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting Jan. 14.

Using data from Kentucky Automated Truck Screening (KATS), as well as information gathered from screening services like PrePass and Drivewyze, Martin said that such technologies could generate millions of dollars for state agencies by helping auditors spot non-compliant carriers. There are KATS systems stationed at 17 sites throughout Kentucky.