Work has begun on a new heavy vehicle inspection station along one of NSW’s major highways.
It will be built on the Golden Highway, a major freight link connecting Dubbo in the state’s west with the Hunter region, Newcastle and Sydney via the Castlereagh Highway and Great Western Highway.
The inspection station will be located about seven kilometres east of Ballimore, between Dubbo and Dunedoo, on the western side of the route.
“Heavy vehicle safety stations are an important part of Transport for NSW’s on-road enforcement program,” said NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Jenny Aitchison.
“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.”
It will utilise Intelligent Transport System (ITS) components including electronic speed signs, open/closed signage and network facilities.
Transport for NSW says the new heavy vehicle inspection station will 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.
This new facility has been jointly funded, with the Australian Government committing $3.7 million and the NSW Government contributing $3.3 million. The funding comes under the $23.7 million Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program (HVSPP).