AFCA re­ceives fund­ing boost to de­liver safety ini­tia­tive

Australian Forests and Timber - - Trucking -

THE AUS­TRALIAN For­est Con­trac­tors As­so­ci­a­tion (AFCA) has wel­comed Na­tional Heavy Ve­hi­cle Reg­u­la­tor (NHVR) sup­port for AFCA’s Na­tional Forestry Lo­gis­tics Safety Pro­gram (NFLSP) to de­liver safer roads as part of the next round of Heavy Ve­hi­cle Safety Ini­tia­tive pro­gram. The Heavy Ve­hi­cle Safety Ini­tia­tive called for im­ple­mentable, val­ue­for-money ini­tia­tives that de­liver sig­nif­i­cant heavy ve­hi­cle safety ben­e­fits. Stacey Gar­diner, AFCA’s Gen­eral Man­ager, said the ini­tia­tive was one of 12 pro­grams ap­proved for a share of the $3.9 mil­lion fund­ing by the NHVR, sup­ported by the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment. “The for­est in­dus­try has been work­ing col­lab­o­ra­tively on forestry spe­cific haulage chal­lenges such as load re­straint and man­ag­ing truck rollover us­ing static rollover thresh­old. The find­ings of this re­search in­form how our in­dus­try com­plies with the Heavy Ve­hi­cle Na­tional Law,” she said. “The NFLSP will be de­liv­ered via a se­ries of free re­gional forestry work­shops across Aus­tralia specif­i­cally tar­get­ing forestry con­tract­ing busi­nesses and trans­port oper­a­tors and load­ers.”

The work­shops will pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity to hear about the test­ing and eval­u­a­tion of re­cent re­search and con­sider how it can ap­ply to in­di­vid­ual busi­nesses and in­dus­try more broadly.

“It is im­por­tant for our in­dus­try to con­tinue to be the safest we can be and these work­shops will as­sist in achiev­ing this. “AFCA is pleased to be part­nered with Engis­tics, who have had led the eval­u­a­tion of log load re­straint meth­ods, and they will be as­sist­ing in de­vel­op­ing the con­tent and de­liv­ery of the work­shops,” said Stacey. The Fed­eral Min­is­ter for In­fra­struc­ture and Trans­port, Dar­ren Ch­ester, said all 12 pro­grams would pro­vide road safety ben­e­fits. “These projects will help change lives and save lives,” Mr Ch­ester said. “The Com­mon­wealth Gov­ern­ment is in­vest­ing money in valu­able road safety ini­tia­tives that have been called for by in­dus­try and are tar­geted to where they can make a real dif­fer­ence.” NHVR CEO Sal Petroc­citto wel­comed the part­ner­ship with the Aus­tralian For­est Con­trac­tors As­so­ci­a­tion. “We don’t pre­tend to have all the an­swers, which is why we asked groups to har­ness their ex­ist­ing knowl­edge and de­liver heavy ve­hi­cle safety out­comes,” Mr Petroc­citto said. “We sought pro­pos­als for pro­grams that can be de­liv­ered na­tion­ally to en­hance safety across the heavy ve­hi­cle in­dus­try and there­fore the safety of all road users.” For more in­for­ma­tion on funded pro­grams visit www.nhvr.gov.au/hvsi

■ Stacey Gar­diner, AFCA’s Gen­eral Man­ager.

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