Evaluation of an automated commercial vehicle safety enforcement system in New South Wales, Australia found that the system had a benefit-to-cost ratio of 2.5:1.
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Overview of Automated Enforcement in Transportation

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This is a synthesis report summarizing experiences with automated enforcement systems from locations in the United States and abroad. The report contains benefits data for systems enforcing red-light violations, speed limits, highway-rail grade crossing violations, and commercial vehicle safety violations.


Automated Commercial Vehicle Safety Enforcement

The Roads and Traffic Authority of New South Wales, Australia uses a system of remote automated cameras linked to a central processing center to monitor commercial vehicle operations and enforce safety regulations. Cameras are located along interstate highways in New South Wales, along with processors that allow the remote sites to photograph the vehicle, perform vehicle detection and classification, and license plate recognition, forwarding the information to the central processing site over an ISDN-based communications network.

The central site processes the information received to determine average vehicle speeds over highway segments, identify registration infractions or license plate alerts, and determine if there is a need for driver fatigue notification. The central location also issues any necessary citations for recorded infractions. An evaluation of the system, considering the reduction in lives lost and the time lost during unnecessary vehicle stops and inspections, found a benefit-to-cost ratio of 2.5 to 1.
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