Effective Use of Weigh-in-Motion Data : The Netherlands Case Study
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Effective Use of Weigh-in-Motion Data : The Netherlands Case Study

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      Transportation and law enforcement agencies in the Netherlands have developed a robust weigh-in-motion (WIM) data management system that supports a broad array of vehicle weight regulation and enforcement activities, as well as long-term planning and decision-making. The system, which Dutch officials describe as "a better way of doing business," has potential for application in U.S. states that want to expand their use of WIM data. U.S. transportation agencies have long recognized the application potential for WIM data, but few use the data to their full extent. Many limit the use of WIM data to support of pavement infrastructure design and pre-screening of commercial vehicle weight for enforcement efforts. WIM data can also be useful in bridge structural analysis, geometric design, safety analysis, traffic control and operations, freight management and operations, facility planning and programming, and standards and policy development. The Netherlands' WIM data management system was developed by the Centre for Transport and Navigation of the Ministry of Transport, Public Works, and Water Management (www.verkeerenwaterstaat.nl/english), in partnership with the National Police Services Agency (www.politie.nl/KLPD) and the Ministry's Inspectorate of Transport and Water Management (www.ivw.nl). A team of U.S. transportation experts observed the system during the 2006 Commercial Motor Vehicle Size and Weight Enforcement Scanning Study, sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, and National Cooperative Highway Research Program. The Dutch have integrated extensive quality control and quality assurance protocols into their system, significantly enhancing confidence in the vehicle information provided. This technical brief describes how WIM data are captured, processed, stored, reported, and used to support vehicle weight regulation and enforcement in the Netherlands.
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