Province will install sensors to monitor commercial trucks, improve safety on Highway 5A

Sensors to monitor Hwy. 5A

The B.C. government is installing sensors along Highway 5A between Kamloops and Merritt in the hopes of improving safety.

According to a news release, weigh-in-motion and vehicle identification systems will monitor commercial vehicles on Highway 5A using sensors built into and above the roadway.

“The sensors will measure real-time safety and vehicle data, such as weight, height and tire conditions, and compare the data against enforced standards,” the province said in a news release.

Data from the sensors will be shared with CVSE officers in the area.

According to the province, the sensors will be located approximately six kilometres north of Merritt. Work on the project will begin this spring and is expected to be complete by fall.

Some residents living along Highway 5A south of Kamloops have been calling for a ban on commercial trucks.

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