State Opens Truck Inspection Station on LIE

The state Transportation Department officially opened a new commercial carrier vehicle roadside inspection station on Thursday.

The new site is set on a former parking lot on the westbound side of the Long Island Expressway between Exits 53 and 51 in Dix Hills.

The facility will  be used by DOT and local law enforcement to inspect and enforce trucking vehicle laws.

“This new inspection station provides a new avenue for vehicle inspections to occur on one of Long Island’s busiest roads. It will serve as an important location to safeguard all those traveling on the Long Island Expressway,” Marie Therese Dominguez, state DOT commissioner, said.  “Keeping our state highways safe requires a multifaceted approach. We must ensure oversized vehicles are abiding by the law, and that the integrity of our infrastructure is kept intact.”

The flashing “Inspection Ahead” sign, posted approximately 1.5 miles ahead of the inspection site, will  signal all commercial carrier operators to pull into the station.  In conjunction with its law enforcement partners, NYSDOT’s Motor Carrier Compliance Bureau will conduct routine inspections of trucks of all sizes. These checks include reviewing driver logs, entries for hours of service, driver qualifications, type of cargo, weight of the vehicle, and overall safety to ensure commercial carrier operators are driving in accordance with the law.

State Sen. Mario Mattera said, “I applaud Commissioner Dominguez and local law enforcement for their efforts to ensure Long Island roadways are safe for our motorists.  Just as the NYSDOT’s continued efforts to enhance the condition of our roads will provide Long Islanders and visitors with a more comfortable ride, the inspection station will provide them peace of mind as they traverse our region.”

Suffolk County Acting Police Commissioner Robert Waring said, “This new facility provides a safe location for our officers to conduct commercial driver checks and inspections on commercial vehicles, a critical responsibility in ensuring dangerous vehicles are not sharing the roads with other motorists.  I would like to thank the New York State Department of Transportation for ensuring this site came to fruition and we look forward to working with our state and county partners conducting inspection checks to support roadway safety.”

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