Continental has developed a high-performance and reliable On Board Weighing System (OBWS) that records and displays the weight of commercial vehicles, including trailers and semitrailers. Quick, easy, and independent from a stationary scale – before starting a trip. Further functions make it possible to increase efficiency far beyond the specifications of EU Directive 2015/719, which will go into effect in May 2021.
The directive requires EU Member States to measure the gross vehicle weight of commercial vehicles more frequently. In order to plan accordingly and prevent sanctions, drivers and fleet operators must already know the load condition of a vehicle before starting a trip. So far, this has been almost impossible and poses particular challenges for vehicles for which the semitrailer is usually provided by the forwarder.
In order to meet the new requirements, most EU countries are currently relying primarily on a comprehensive, stationary solution. However, the On Board Weighing System offers added value that goes beyond the regulatory stipulations. “Even if the load is measured by sensors in the road in the future, the integrated solution will remain interesting for forwarding agents, fleet managers and drivers,” says Marc Leinemann, who is a technical project manager at Continental and involved in the development of the On Board Weighing System.
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