Fifteen Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI) projects will be receiving crucial funding from the Australian Government.
$3.5 million will be invested into the projects through Round Seven of the HVSI program to improve heavy vehicle safety.
The Government has also committed a further $1.7 million to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) to fund targeted projects which aim to improve heavy vehicle safety, taking total commitment for HVSI projects in 2022-23 to $5.6 million.
Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Senator, Carol Brown, said the Government is taking several measures to fund the industry’s safety.
“The Australian Government is also investing in further driver training, including a road hazard program that helps new drivers navigate driving in different conditions, managing fatigue and the importance of conducting daily safety checks to ensure a heavy vehicle is roadworthy,” she said.
“Another project is a web-based calculator that can be used across multiple different heavy vehicle combinations, to instantly identify the risk of a heavy vehicle rolling over.”
NHVR CEO, Sal Petroccitto, said greater road safety outcomes can be achieved through collaboration with government, industry and the community.
“There are some exciting grassroots projects included in Round Seven that can create meaningful change across a local, regional and national level,” he said.
“We’re supporting those who have strong, implementable ideas to deliver safer drivers, safer vehicles and safer road use for all Australians.”
The Australian Government has invested in 132 HVSI projects over six years to progress a safer, more productive heavy vehicle industry.
These heavy vehicle projects are created for the industry, by the industry, to make the workplace safer.