Provincial Commercial Vehicle Enforcement (Draft)
Stakeholders expressed a number of needs specifically related to improved methods associated with provincial commercial vehicle enforcement, including:
- Automatically log driver hours of service for a vehicle/driver, which can then be instantly queried by roadside enforcement personnel. The methods applied need to be coordinated among various jurisdictions to achieve a standardized approach;
- Automatically log mechanical service and inspections, which can then be instantly queried by roadside enforcement personnel;
- Automatically assess physical or mechanical condition of the vehicle, and convey that information to roadside enforcement personnel; and
- Identify and track dangerous goods, using an electronic/automated method of being able to determine the contents of a vehicle containing dangerous goods and report its location. Dangerous goods shipments could file a trip plan in advance for approval.
The Current Environment, while incorporating some technological improvements in recent years, is still primarily focused on the following commercial vehicle enforcement methods:
- Use of provincial safety and credentials databases to query compliance information to help officers select trucks entering the inspection station queue;
- Static weight scales provide weight of truck to enforcement personnel;
- Selected vehicles receive a Level 1 (physical and document) inspection, a Level 2 (vehicle walk-around and document) inspection, or a Level 3 (document only) inspection; and
- Results of inspection are manually entered in provincial safety information databases for that carrier/driver.
The Smart Corridor should incorporate new and emerging operational concepts and information integration concepts, including
- Real-time assessment of truck inspection targeting at highway speeds upstream of inspection stations, including truck/driver safety records/credentials that is based on integrated safety database information from all Canadian provinces, weigh-in-motion of trucks at highway speeds, and assessment of truck brake and tire condition; and
- Real-time inspection/safety records/credentials information sharing between provinces and neighbouring U.S. jurisdictions, and also with electronic access by local law enforcement.