Drivewyze is adding bypass services to seven more weigh stations in Michigan. The seven new service sites being added are located at weigh stations on U.S. Interstates 69, 75, 94 and 96, which are all major transportation corridors to and from Michigan’s two busiest international crossings for commercial vehicles – the Ambassador Bridge and the Blue Water Bridge.
The new Drivewyze sites, which are being integrated with embedded weigh-in-motion (WIM) scales, are in addition to three existing Michigan Drivewyze service sites located at Monroe, Fowlerville and Grass Lake. Work on adding the new sites began several weeks ago and it is expected to be completed in the new year.
“Local and Interstate carriers will now have even more opportunities to avoid congestion and delays – welcome news to truck fleets and operators, particularly those involved in cross-border trucking,” said Brian Heath, president and CEO of Drivewyze.
In Michigan, state law requires real-time weight measurements be incorporated as part of the screening process. To accommodate this, Drivewyze said its sites are being integrated with state-owned Weigh-In-Motion scales already installed on the mainline upstream from each service site. This avoids requiring compliant trucks to report to each station and to get weighed on static scales; a benefit to both the carrier and the state. “This is another example of using technology to leverage existing state assets for the benefit of all stakeholders,” said Heath.
Michigan is a busy state for freight traffic, accounting for 41 percent of the 5.8 million truck crossings from the United States into Canada in 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Truck traffic at the Detroit-Windsor border crossings increased in the first quarter of 2016 by 8 percent year-over-year.
The Drivewyze PreClear weigh station bypass application can be used on in-cab telematics and ELD devices by Omnitracs, PeopleNet, Rand McNally and Zonar, as well as on Android and iOS-based tablets or smartphones.