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Title:Drivers Assessment of High Speed AVI/WIM System at a Weigh Station in Illinois
Author(s):Benekohal, Rahim F.; Tirums, Courtney M.; Wang, Stanley L.; Forrler, Earl R.
Subject(s):Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), Automatic Vehicle Identification (AVI), Weigh-In-Motion (WIM), Truck Driver Opinion, Weigh Station Operation, Weigh Station Delay, Weigh Station Safety, Driver Survey, Commercial Vehicle Operations (CVO), High Speed WIM
Abstract:This study analyzed truck drivers' opinions about application of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) technologies to commercial vehicle operations (CVO). As part of the evaluation of Automatic Vehicle Identification (AVI) and Weigh-In-Motion (WIM) systems at the Williamsville weigh station in Illinois, a survey of the participating truck drivers was conducted. The survey consisted of 37 questions inquiring about the driver's professional background, weigh station experience, and opinions about the AVI/WIM system. The majority of the drivers (86%) had schedules where time was important, and delays greater than 30 minutes were intolerable. For three-quarters of the drivers, time was "critical" or "very important." Eighty four percent of drivers said the AVI/WIM system benefits them by reducing trip delay. In addition, about 91% of drivers thought the AVI transponder system reduces the hazards of merging and diverging at weigh stations. The hazard level at weigh station entrances and exits were not significantly different than the hazard level at regular exit or entrance ramps. Some of the participating drivers experienced some frustration in using the system because they felt that the system simply did not work for them all the time. Although the drivers generally favored the adoption of the AVI system, slightly less than half were willing to pay up to one dollar. Eighty-eight percent of the drivers advocated the installation of AVI transponder systems at all Illinois weigh stations, and 88% wished to continue using the AVI transponder system.
Issue Date:2000-01
Genre:Technical Report
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed
Sponsor:Illinois Department of Transportation IHR-028
Rights Information:No restrictions. This document is available to the public through the National Technical Information Service, Springfield, Virginia 22161
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-11-22

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