A new heavy vehicle inspection station to be built on the Golden Highway will make one of New South Wales’ key freight links safer.
Work to build the new facility is now underway, around seven kilometres east of Ballimore between Dubbo and Dunedoo, on the western side of the Golden Highway.
Upon completion, the facility will utilise Intelligent Transport System (ITS) components including electronic speed signs, open/closed signage and network facilities.
It will also facilitate compliance monitoring and enforcement of heavy vehicles on the Golden Highway, reducing heavy vehicle overloading, fatigue-related heavy vehicle crashes and the risk of non-compliant vehicles travelling to Dubbo.
NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Jenny Aitchison, said heavy vehicle safety stations are an important part of the State Government’s on-road enforcement program.
“There is a network of these heavy vehicle safety stations on major routes across the state which heavy vehicle inspectors use as a base to intercept and inspect heavy vehicles to identify whether any may be operating illegally or in an unsafe manner on NSW roads,” she said.
The project forms part of a jointly funded $23.7 million commitment under the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program (HVSPP) to implement a series of improvements along the Golden Highway.
This new facility is one of these improvements, to which the Australian Government has committed $3.7 million and the NSW Government $3.3 million.
“The HVSPP provides funding for projects like this which work to make our most utilised freight routes safer for truckies and everyone using our roads,” said Federal Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Carol Brown.
“This inspection station is one of many HVSPP projects increasing safety and reliability for the trucking industry across Australia while enhancing access and improve freight transport through local rural communities.”
Most heavy vehicles registered in NSW need to be inspected annually under the Heavy Vehicle Inspection Scheme (HVIS) to ensure roadworthiness.
Bookings for inspections can be made here.
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