Highway 63 is getting a little safer for people traveling south from Fort McMurray.
The provincial government is opening a $11 million vehicle inspection station north of Atmore.
Commercial vehicles will need to go to the station to ensure they are complying with provincial and national safety standards. This checkup includes looking at vehicle equipment, safety features, cargo securement, and driver credentials.
If the driver doesn’t pass the inspection, they will be taken off the road until the problem is solved. They could also be fined.
“Highway 63 is an essential transportation corridor that connects Fort McMurray with the rest of Alberta,” said Marlin Schmidt, Acting Minister of Justice and Solicitor General, in a release. “By helping to ensure commercial vehicles are in safe working order, the new Atmore station reflects our commitment to keeping Albertans safe while traveling to and from Fort McMurray.”
“When I think about Highway 63, even just three years ago and today, we’ve seen significant improvements which go a long way to achieving safer roads in this province. This new initiative is a huge step towards our goal of achieving zero fatalities on the highways we serve,” said Debbie Hammond, Executive Director of the Coalition for a Safer 63/881.
It will be open 24/7 and use a Smart Roadside Inspection System that detects thermal imaging to identify parts of a vehicle with excess heat buildup which could lead to safety problems.
Right now, there are seven employees working at the station.