New B.C. commercial vehicle inspection station now open
PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — A new, state-of-the-art, commercial vehicle inspection station and Weigh-in-Motion weigh scale is now open to truck traffic in B.C. The station – officially named the Red Rock Inspection Station – is located on Highway 97 south of Prince George.
“The completion of the Red Rock Inspection Station is another important milestone in our work along the Cariboo Connector,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Shirley Bond. “We’ve put in place the latest technology to ensure truck traffic flows as efficiently as possible along the route, and we’ve also made safety improvements to the highway that will benefit commercial traffic and the residents of Red Rock and area.
“The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring the safety and efficiency of transportation routes across Canada,” said Dick Harris, Member of Parliament for Cariboo-Prince George, on behalf of the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. “I’m proud to see work completed on this important highway. Together with the Province of British Columbia, we are investing in highway infrastructure that will stimulate our economy, increase traffic flow, and improve motorist safety throughout the region.”
The Red Rock Inspection Station is the third station in B.C. to use Weigh-in-Motion technology, which can remotely weigh and measure commercial vehicles for compliance at highway speeds. It is also the northern anchor of the province’s Weigh2GoBC initiative, a network of nine intelligent inspection stations along B.C. highways.
“B.C. is a leader in the use of technology to support the trucking industry,” said Paul Landry, president and CEO of the B.C. Trucking Association. “Carriers who participate in the Weigh2GoBC program are seeing demonstrable savings of time and fuel, which is good for the economy, a benefit to the environment, and important to their bottom lines.”
At the grand opening event on Oct. 16, Lomak Bulk Carriers Corporation and Bandstra Transportation Systems Limited were introduced as the first members of the Province’s recently-launched Premium Carrier Program. The Premium Carrier Program recognizes and rewards qualifying carriers who show an exceptional commitment to safety. One of the benefits of being a Premium Carrier is free Weigh2GoBC transponders for the carrier’s entire fleet.
The new commercial vehicle inspection station is located on Highway 97 at the community of Red Rock. The facility is a centre median scale servicing both northbound and southbound commercial traffic. As part of this initiative, more than 15 lane kilometres of Highway 97 and local side roads were reconstructed.
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In some jurisdictions, proof of inspection is required before a vehicle licence or license plate can be issued or renewed. In others, once a vehicle passes inspection, a decal is attached to the windshield, and police can enforce the inspection law by seeing whether the vehicle displays an up-to-date decal. In the case of a vehicle lacking a windshield, the decal is typically attached to the vehicle body or license plate.