Toll's Dubbo changeover to combat driver fatigue

Toll's dedicated interchange for drivers include 24 bedrooms, a kitchen and barbecue area and male and female toilets and showers

January 23, 2013

Toll Linehaul has teamed up with Paccar dealer chain Inland Truck Centres to provide a dedicated company changeover facility in central New South Wales.

The changeover is situated in Dubbo. The town is a popular changeover point on the Newell Highway, with more than 1,500 trucks passing through the town daily and around 550 changeover taking place weekly.

To date, most trailer changes have taken place on the side of the road or in roadhouses. With the new 6,800 square-metre facility now up and running, 180 Toll vehicles are expected to pass through the facility weekly.

The new changeover area has been built next to the Inland Truck Centre dealership in River Street, Dubbo. The facility provides a space for Toll changeover drivers to park off the road as well as a place to sleep, eat and shower.

Toll Linehaul and Fleet Services General Manager Bob Lovf says Dubbo is the logical choice for the company’s first dedicated drivers’ interchange.

"Dubbo has traditionally been a changeover point for long-haul drivers because it is roughly halfway between various interstate routes," Lovf says.

He says the interchange was built to combat driver fatigue.

"It provides a quiet, stress-free environment for our drivers to recover after a shift and be fully refreshed when they’re ready to get back on the road. Driver welfare is vitally important. We want all of our employees to go to work and to return home safely," Lovf says.

The facilities on site include 24 bedrooms, a kitchen and barbecue area and male and female toilets and showers.

Toll also has managers on site with a dedicated operations area, enabling tracking of incoming and outgoing vehicles.

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