12.12.2016

AGH UST signs agreement aiming at elimination of overloaded vehicles from roads


photo by Z. Sulima

On 5th December, 2016, the AGH University of Science and Technology signed a collaboration agreement with companies operating within the framework of the Cluster of Intelligent Transportation Systems, designed for the dynamic weighing of vehicles on the move. In the near future, these systems may become a key element related to the improvement of the condition of road infrastructure and safety on roads. 

 

The aim of the agreement is a formal confirmation of collaboration within the framework of the Team for Administration Systems WIM (Weigh-in-Motion), established in 2014, whose members are the AGH UST Department of Metrology and Electronics (Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Automatics, Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering) – leader of the team, and the following companies: CAT Traffic, Kapsch Telematic Services, Kistler, and TRAX Elektronik. 

 

The main task of the team is the introduction to the administrative use in Poland the systems of the dynamic weighing of vehicles in motion. Scientific and technical work on the WIM systems has been conducted at AGH UST for over 10 years. The application of the systems to controlling the weight of vehicles is an alternative solution to the currently used, ineffective, static control system on the side of the road. The system sensors are fixed directly on the surface, thanks to which every vehicle moving along a given part of the road is being checked. The system developed by the team will make it possible to eliminate any overloaded vehicles from roads, therefore limiting high costs connected with road renovation. Similarly to police cameras which check the speed, the WIM scales will check the weight of vehicles. 

 

It is worthwhile adding that over a decade, various countries around the world have been carrying out works in the area of the introduction of the WIM systems into the legal system of checking the weight of vehicles. So far, only the Czech Republic has succeeded in this respect. Poland, as a second country in the world, has a chance to use the WIM systems for the purpose of the enforcement of regulations.