Weigh Station sensors now monitor the condition of your tires on I-81

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  1. Chinatown

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    The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles is looking to expand current road sensor technology aimed at detecting unsafe tires.

    The Tire Anomaly and Classification System (TACS) is a series of sensors set up at weigh stations that identify flat, mismatched, or underinflated tires on tractor trailers traveling the interstate.

    The first of these sensors along Interstate 81 in Virginia were installed at the Stephens City Motor Carrier Service Center near Winchester in June of 2020 and have since helped to detect and remove 13,000 unsafe tires from tractor trailers traveling the roadways, reported WFXR News.

    “Tire blowouts can cause serious crashes. By detecting unsafe tires, most times before a truck driver even knows there is a problem, we can prevent crashes from occurring and save lives,” said DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb, the Governor’s Highway Safety Representative. “The hard working folks at DMV’s motor carrier service centers take very seriously the role they play in keeping our highways safe; TACS gives them another tool with which to work.”

    The DMV is now looking to install these TACS sensors at the Troutville Motor Carrier Service Center on I-81 near Roanoke and the Alberta Motor Carrier Service Center on I-85 this year.

    “DMV’s motor carrier service centers put the most innovative technology to work to keep truck drivers – and all motorists – safe,” said Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine. “Bringing TACS on board is yet another commitment toward innovative solutions to make the Commonwealth’s roads safer.”
     
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  3. Western flyer

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    What about the cars tires.
    They blow up and cause wrecks too.
     
  4. Opus

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    Tis true. They got me.
     
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  5. Hammer166

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    This system seems unduly complicated.
    A lot of states have gone a different route with infrared cameras, which have the benefit of also catching overheated or overly cool (compared to the rest of the vehicle's brakes). South Dakota has put in wheel end cameras at Elk Point, and I noticed Colorado has a new installation at SB Monument.
     
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  6. mjd4277

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    What happened Opus? Give us the scoop!
     
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  7. Opus

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    dude said tire is low....OOS. Had to have another dude come and put air in it. $100 out the door plus the fine.
     
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  8. Midwest Trucker

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    I’d love to own a road service company in that area. Pretty much guaranteed success.
     
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  9. mjd4277

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    Ouch-that’s brutal.
    Similar thing happened to me a year and a half ago in Illinois on I-55 northbound in Bolingbrook. Rolled onto the scale,DOT officer comes out of the scalehouse,walks to the rear of the trailer on the driver’s side,whacked one of the tires and told me I had a flat,pull around back and get it fixed. Low and behold,drivers side front axle inner tire caught a bolt! Called Road Service to send someone out-they came and replaced the tire. Come to find out that 4 other trucks parked behind the scalehouse were placed OOS for the exact same reason-their tires had caught nails or bolts in some form or another!
    The surprising thing is the DOT officer didn’t cite me or anything-he was actually cool about it-he just said get it fixed and show him the repair order afterwards and I could go! What’s even more surprising is that he knew which specific tire to hit!
     
  10. WildTiger1990

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    Hmm. So toll project for truck only aka Rhode Island along I-81 did not worked out
    New toll means truckers could pay $55 to travel the length of interstate
    But they found another way how to make money , nice! *Sarcasm*
     
  11. Flyingdriver

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    This happen to me too. I crossed the scales south of Wilsonville, Or & I got a light to pull in for an inspection. I was driving a brand new truck & trailer. The officers in the inspection building said I was pulled in because I had a flat tire on my truck. I said that was impossible because I had just thumped my tires 30 miles back. Sure enough I had a low tire on one of my drivers, inside of course. They gave me a verbal warning on that since they didn't have the right air gauge ti check it but it thumped low. I left after passing the inspection & went directly to a tire dealer. There was a bolt in the tire. I'm kind of glad they caught it.
     
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