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Washington Uses New Device to Monitor Commercial Vehicle Safety

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on November 23, 2011

Following an unprecedented and tragic year of commercial bus accidents on the East Coast, Washington state has enacted new technology to monitor commercial vehicle drivers who are in violation of hours of service rules.

All commercial vehicles moving through the Washington State Patrol’s (WSP) weigh stations will be monitored through electronic screening, which will check the usual vitals like size and weight, but also others like safety data, registration documents, and how long the vehicle has been on the highway on any given day. A newly developed computer program utilized by the WSP will assist in verifying that driver logs are correct and that they’re not operating longer than permitted. Twelve automatic license plate scanners have been installed at important stations across the state that will read each vehicle’s plate and also take a picture of the truck. The new program lets WSP officials look at what time any truck moves past any of those twelve locations, while comparing it to the driver’s log. Read the rest »

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