Truck screening technology expanded at Arizona ports

August-September 2020

Tyson Fisher


Truck travel through the ports of entry in Arizona may run smoother now that the Arizona Department of Transportation has expanded its use of truck-screening technology.

According to an ADOT news release, the department will be using its truck-screening technology at commercial ports of entry. Used to determine weight and identifying information while on the move, the truck-screening technology has been used only at certain rest areas. Those rest areas are McGuireville on Interstate 17, Sacaton on Interstate 10 and Canoa Ranch on Interstate 19.

Now, the truck-screening technology is being used at the commercial ports of entry along Interstate 10, Interstate 40 and state Route 95 in Parker.

Truck-screening technology includes weigh-in-motion sensors, cameras that are designed to read U.S. Department of Transportation numbers, license plates and message signs.

Ports in Ehrenberg and San Simons on Interstate 10 have a bonus feature. At those locations, the truck-screening technology identifies truck tires that are damaged or in need of repair.

Truckers will notice highway signs directing them into the right lane when approaching a port of entry. About a half mile from the port, the weigh-in-motion sensors and cameras determine the truck’s weight and identifying information. Simultaneously, that information is sent to ADOT enforcement and compliance officers.

Additionally, the truck-screening system will check the truck’s information with national and state databases. Truckers that are compliant will be directed to bypass the port. However, if the system finds an issue, highway signs will direct the driver to pull into the port for further inspections. Potential issues include, but are not limited to, expired registration, out-of-service orders, or required permits not on file.

Back in 2017, ADOT expanded its weigh-in-motion technology to keep trucks moving through the state. Sensors in the road allow ADOT enforcement and compliance officers to check truck weight while the vehicle is in motion. Cameras check numbers that indicate whether or not a trucker is compliant. According to ADOT, the cameras do not measure speed and will not be used to detect speeding violations. LL

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Tyson Fisher

Tyson Fisher joined Land Line Magazine in March 2014. An award-winning journalist and tireless researcher, his news reports, features and blogs bring depth to our editorial content, backed with solid detail. Tyson is a lifelong Kansas Citian.