$3.9M BOOST FOR SAFETY PROJECTS
14 initiatives get HVSI funding
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.
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