We have all heard of the Man in Motion, but have you heard about Weigh in Motion? The Weigh2GoBC program is a network of Weigh in Motion (WIM) and Automatic Vehicle Identification (AVI) technologies which allow commercial vehicles to keep moving while being weighed, helping them to achieve faster, more efficient travel times.
The Weigh2GoBC program began across the province in October 2010 and has been gaining in popularity ever since. All you have to do is register in the program and carry a transponder on the dash of your vehicle. Participation in the program is voluntary and registration is free. Simple as that.
Basically, it’s a green light, red light system. As you approach the station, your transponder will communicate with a roadside computer. The computer will activate the weigh in motion scale system along the highway, and once it has all of your information, the computer will send you either a red light or a green light. A green light on your transponder says you are free to continue on your way, while a red light lets you know that you will have to pull into the station for further inspection. And best of all, information about your vehicle is collected at highway speeds, so commercial vehicles don’t lose momentum. In addition, the results of checks will be communicated to all stations within the network within minutes, and kept in the system for up to 24 hours. As in life, some conditions apply; to make sure that registered vehicles remain compliant with the program, a Random Report Percentage Inspection may be performed. Check out the FAQs for more information.
Since it began, Weigh2GoBC has saved commercial carriers more than $15 million in equipment, fuel and driver time, and more than 980,000 kgs in greenhouse gas emissions! The program also means there are fewer vehicles reporting to inspection stations, giving inspection station staff the time to identify and focus on other areas of highway safety, a green light for everyone.