Tire Tread And Pressure

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Rob T.'s Comment
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Received a message from our VP today informing us that within the next couple months the Iowa DOT will be rolling out some sort of technology that is able to measure your tire tread and pressure while rolling past a scale. A couple weeks back we were told many states are adapting this technology but they emphasized Illinois and Iowa as thats where we run quite a bit. We were told the safety manager would be letting us know more info as he learns it directly from the DOT such as what range of pressure is acceptable. I'll post what I find out for everyone but I was curious if anybody has heard anything similar. In Iowa this specifically would impact the North (MM 210ish) and South scale (MM 29ish) on I-35.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

RealDiehl's Comment
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That would be some interesting tech. I know at our (Prime) Springfield terminal our tire pressure is recorded as we enter the inbound bays. Im not sure if our other terminals have that ability. If tire pressure is low, an immediate message is sent through the QC. I assume the techs on duty also get an alert when they enter the truck number on their computer. I don't know if the sensors are able to determine tread depth.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Rob D.'s Comment
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That would be some interesting tech. I know at our (Prime) Springfield terminal our tire pressure is recorded as we enter the inbound bays. Im not sure if our other terminals have that ability. If tire pressure is low, an immediate message is sent through the QC. I assume the techs on duty also get an alert when they enter the truck number on their computer. I don't know if the sensors are able to determine tread depth.

the Prime drive over scanners measure tread depth also,

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Papa Pig's Comment
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One valuable thing my safety guy first taught me when i got on the account is when you kick your tires and 80 lb tire sounds a lot like a 90-100 lb tire, only difference is one is a ticket . I got his point and always use a tire gauge when pre tripping. Air hose for my glad hands was one of the first things I bought with loves points

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I thought they already had this system in use, in IL when you cross the scale there is usually cameras aimed at the tires I figured tires and lug nuts was what they are looking at.

We have auto inflation system on all our trailers and dollies so there is no accessible valve stem to check them.

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