Heavy Vehicle Compliance Program
The Roads and Maritime Services requires that drivers of heavy vehicles present their vehicles for inspection at Heavy Vehicle Checking Stations (HVCS) throughout NSW. It does this to ensure compliance with the heavy vehicle regulations.
Failure to stop at a HVCS is an offence. It can also result in close scrutiny of the vehicle’s use and related records.
Where The Heavy Vehicle Checking Stations Located?
At the time of publishing (January 2013) there were eight HVCS operating in NSW. The locations of the HVCS are:
- Mount White (Northbound and Southbound on the F3 freeway)
- Mount Boyce (Great Western Highway)
- Marulan (Northbound and Southbound on the Hume Highway)
- Bell (Bell’s Line of Road)
- Cankool (New England Highway)
- Chinderah (Pacific Highway)
- Pine Creek (Pacific Highway)
- 12 Mile Creek (Pacific Highway)
Who Must Stop At A Heavy Vehicle Checking Station?
Generally all heavy vehicles with a gross vehicle mass (GVM) exceeding eight tonnes must enter the HVCS.
Some HVCS have different rules relating to the times at which and size of vehicles which must enter. These rules are displayed on fixed and variable illuminated signs at the entrance to the HVCS. Drivers of heavy vehicles need to ensure that they are aware of the locations of the HVCS, are aware of the signs, and follow the directions carefully.
What Happens If I Fail To Stop At The Station?
It is an offence to fail to stop at a HVCS when required.
The Roads and Maritime Services operates Safe-T-Cams at the HVCS sites to ensure compliance with the requirement to enter. If a heavy vehicle fails to enter the cameras will capture a photograph of the number plate so that the registered operator can be identified.
The offence is usually dealt with at Court. This means that the Roads and Maritime Services will issue a Court Attendance Notice requiring the driver to attend Court for the matter to be finalised.
The Roads and Maritime Services is also likely to issue a Notice to Produce to the registered operator of the vehicle requiring them to nominate the identity of the driver and provide transport records. These records will be carefully checked to identify any other offences committed during the journey, such as driver fatigue offences. It is not uncommon for a person charged with an offence of failing to stop to also be charged due to errors in their work diaries or other records.
What Are The Penalties For Failing To Stop?
The maximum penalty that a Court can impose for failing to stop at a HVCS is a fine of $6,600.
WHERE TO NEXT?
In NSW, traffic offences are treated seriously. Therefore, it is important to get competent legal advice as early as possible, whether you have received a penalty notice, had your licence suspended or been charged with a serious offence. Our lawyers are highly experienced and understand the difficulties you face without a licence. We can guide you through the process while dealing with the various authorities related to your matter.