Using weigh-in-motion or in-road scales and automatic number plate recognition cameras, the safety centres screen all passing traffic for non-compliance and safety concerns. This data is collected and stored in compliance with the Privacy Act 2020.
Any heavy vehicles of interest are directed into a commercial vehicle safety centre (CVSC) for inspection. Light vehicles are also assessed but won’t be directed into a CVSC. Light vehicle data is anonymised and used for analysis, insights, and reporting.
Static signs are in place on all roads that approach a CVSC. Further on, if your vehicle is flagged during screening and you are classed as a heavy vehicle, the road-side electronic sign will display a message. If ‘All heavy vehicles’ or your vehicle number plate is displayed on that sign, you must stop at the CVSC. Not doing so can incur a $1000 fine.
At the CVSC, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Team (CVST) officers will ask you to drive over the weigh bridge. CVST officers may also do further compliance checks, such as checking RUC or logbooks, or completing a vehicle inspection.
In the future, potential driver fatigue will be screened for. For example, a vehicle has passed two or more CVSCs in a time that shows as a work-time breach.
From mid-2024, we'll also be able to invoice for unpaid RUC using data collected from weigh-in-motion scales, even when vehicles aren't pulled into CVSCs.
Light vehicles will not be directed into a CVSC. Identifying details, such as plate number, are collected and anonymised.