Northern Territory $5.5 million roadtrain inspection facility opens

The new Vehicle Inspection Facility at Truck Central in Darwin is operational as of this week.

At a time in which supporting the road transport has never been more critical, the Federal Government in conjunction with the Northern Territory Government jointly funded the $5.5 million project.

Darwin company Norbuilt delivered on the project and it will support 65 local jobs.

The Truck Central facility, launched last month by the Government, enables the inspection of large heavy vehicles such as roadtrains to occur away from the Goyder Road Test Shed in Parap.

A modern facility, equipped with the latest testing equipment, the site is strategically located near East Arm – a growing hub for logistics, trade, oil and gas, and marine activities that rely heavily on a well serviced trucking industry.

The Territory Labor Government is also supporting the freight industry by injecting an immediate $2 million support package into the aviation industry it recently announced to ensure essential goods and services accessed its communities.

As part of the Truck Central redevelopment, the Australian Government and Northern Territory Government have partnered to deliver this new facility along with a Road Train Assembly Area, which was completed in early 2019, to help heavy vehicle operators meet their legal requirements, particularly with regard to fatigue management.

These works saw a three-hectare concrete hardstand area constructed with 55 large vehicle parking bays, accommodating triple roadtrains, B-Doubles and semi-trailers, and includes a concrete loading ramp.

Truck Central is the first stage of a 90-hectare industrial precinct, bounded by the major heavy transport routes of Tiger Brennan Drive, Berrimah Road and Wishart Road.

Earlier this week the Federal Government announced the exemption for roadhouses, dedicated truck stop facilities and truck driver lounges to remain open so Australia’s heavy vehicle drivers have access to showers, restrooms and facilities to undertake their mandated fatigue management breaks.

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