$3.9M BOOST FOR SAFETY PROJECTS

14 ini­tia­tives get HVSI fund­ing

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AN edu-tech app to help ed­u­cate learner driv­ers about shar­ing roads safely with trucks, Australia’s first road­side ef­flu­ent dis­posal fa­cil­ity for live­stock car­ri­ers and a video se­ries pro­mot­ing 10 top safety tips.

Those are among the 14 ini­tia­tives to re­ceive fund­ing from the lat­est round of the Na­tional Heavy Ve­hi­cle Reg­u­la­tor’s (NHVR) Heavy Ve­hi­cle Safety Ini­tia­tive.

In an­nounc­ing the $3.9m fund­ing pro­gram, Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and In­fra­struc­ture and Trans­port Min­is­ter Michael McCor­mack said it will con­tinue to sup­port in­dus­try-led heavy ve­hi­cle safety projects through­out Australia.

Mr McCor­mack said learner driv­ers us­ing the DriveAbout app will soon re­ceive com­pre­hen­sive ad­vice on shar­ing the road with trucks safely. He said pre­vi­ous re­search has shown most road fa­tal­i­ties in­volv­ing heavy ve­hi­cles are the fault of the other party – not the truck driver.

Mr McCor­mack said he was pleased the Lib­er­als and Na­tion­als’ Govern­ment was able to sup­port a wide range of projects from live­stock sa­le­yards, waste car­ri­ers, ports, farm­ers, right through to im­proved aware­ness for mo­torists.

NHVR CEO Sal Petroc­citto said the safety projects played a cru­cial role in im­prov­ing heavy ve­hi­cle safety and pro­duc­tiv­ity.

“These new ini­tia­tives con­trib­ute col­lec­tively to bet­ter heavy ve­hi­cle in­dus­try safety, ed­u­ca­tion, pol­icy and prac­tice in Australia,” Mr Petroc­citto said.

“The NHVR is look­ing for­ward to work­ing with the win­ning bids to en­sure the projects de­liver safety out­comes for all road users.”

Other safety ini­tia­tives to re­ceive fund­ing in 2018-19 in­clude:

■ A truck safety re­source in WA and the NT

■ The de­vel­op­ment of a brake cal­cu­la­tor

■ A #GetTruck­Wise trial cam­paign in Bendigo

■ A se­ries of work­shops in WA and Alice Springs rais­ing aware­ness about the Chain of Re­spon­si­bil­ity amongst trans­port cus­tomers

■ Ex­pan­sion of the Na­tional Safety Cam­era Net­work

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit nhvr.gov.au/hvsi.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

CASH FOR CAR­RI­ERS: The live­stock in­dus­try is one of the big win­ners. See full story on page 18.

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