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Submissions open for $4M heavy vehicle safety grant

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has opened submissions for Round 8 of the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI).

Project submissions, according to the NHVR, must address the themes of safer drivers, safer vehicles or safer road use by investing in driver or supply chain skills and training, vehicle safety technologies and improvements, or heavy vehicle educational tools and resources.

The Australian Government has committed over $4 million towards Round 8 of the HVSI.

Submissions are now open and close on 5pm AEST Monday 20 February 2023.

“This investment by the Australian Government is directly helping those in the heavy vehicle industry and its supply chains to deliver projects that will improve safety across their day-to-day operations and on our roads,” said Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister, Catherine King.

“I encourage those working closely with heavy vehicles, whether its local councils, freight and logistics, warehousing or the community, to submit projects they want to see come to life to solve a safety gap or issue.”

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Senator, Carol Brown, said: “The HVSI program has already funded 132 industry-led safety projects to support Australia’s heavy vehicle, transport and logistics sector. Successful projects from previous rounds, such as the Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Councils’ Load Restraint Education Project and OzHelp’s Health in Gear Owner Driver Health and Wellness Program, have helped drivers feel safe on the work site and on our roads.”

NHVR CEO, Sal Petroccitto, said: “We are casting the net wide, calling for submissions from across all sectors, to give everyone an opportunity to deliver the heavy vehicle safety improvements they are passionate about. It’s about investing in the initiatives that will ensure the heavy vehicle industry continues to move safely, now and into the future.”

In other news, the NHVR has released a discussion paper seeking industry input to help shape the future of the Performance-Based Standards (PBS) scheme.

It also announced upcoming changes to PBS tyres.

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