Systems for remotely monitoring the dimensions and weights of vehicles will be installed at all the entrances to Kyiv with the aim of combating overloading and preserving the city’s roads. The head of the State Transport Safety Service (Ukrtransbezopasnost), Mykhailo Noniak, announced this during the presentation of such a system on the Kyiv-Chop highway, the Interfax Ukraine news agency reports.
"The Kyiv municipal administration will install such a system at every entrance to Kyiv. Fines for overloading will be calculated in accordance with a special decree regulating them. We are introducing remote monitoring in order to obtain information about overloading at entrances to major cities. Later, it will be transferred directly to Ukrtransbezopasnost’s inspectors, who will stop overloaded vehicles," the head of Ukrtransbezopasnost said.
He explained that the first remote weight monitoring system has been installed on the Kyiv-Chop highway near Kapitanovka. An Ukrtransbezopasnost inspector stationed further down this highway will stop overloaded vehicles immediately.
The Kyiv municipal administration’s deputy head Ilia Sahaidak said during the presentation that this remote weight monitoring system was installed "from scratch" and that its test operation began on 12 August. In total, such a complex (scales and a remote system that signals when a vehicle is overloaded) cost UAH 1-1.5 million.
As previously reported, the Czech company Star Trans Euro installed the first automatic weighing system worth about EUR 300,000 on the Kyiv-Chop road in June 2013, using its own funds.
The system is equipped with quartz sensors for weighing vehicles in motion, induction measuring elements for determining their speed of travel, and digital video cameras for recording their licenses plates and the vehicles themselves, their speed, and their date and time of travel. The sensors are buried under the road surface and connected by cables to a central unit, where the information is sent. Its measurements have a maximum error margin of 5%.
It was reported at the same time that 12 systems were planned for installation in 2013 and 60 in 2014 and that funding from the state budget was expected to total UAH 29.12 million in 2013 and UAH 142.72 million in 2014.
However, it emerged in February 2014 that funds for financing installation of such systems were not allocated in 2013, and the State Road Safety Inspectorate (Ukrtransinspektsia) said in April 2014 that it saw no further need to install such automatic systems on Ukrainian roads. However, the Ministry of Infrastructure returned to the idea of automatic monitoring of vehicles’ weights in the spring of 2015.