Green light for fund­ing

$3.92m for more safety projects

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FUND­ING ap­pli­ca­tions for Round 4 of the Heavy Ve­hi­cle Safety Ini­tia­tive pro­gram are now open, giv­ing the green light to sub­mis­sions on projects aim­ing to save lives and re­duce road trauma.

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter for In­fra­struc­ture, Trans­port and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Michael McCor­mack made the an­nounce­ment as part of a jour­ney driv­ing in a truck loaded with wool bales, de­liv­ered from re­gional Vic­to­ria into Mel­bourne.

Mr McCor­mack said $3.92 mil­lion is be­ing in­vested into the HVSI pro­gram for projects that will iden­tify risks and op­por­tu­ni­ties and to im­prove heavy ve­hi­cle safety through­out the na­tion.

The first two rounds saw $7.72 mil­lion in­vested in 18 projects and Round 3 was an­nounced in Au­gust this year and de­liv­ered $3.89 mil­lion for 14 projects, se­lected from 38 ap­pli­ca­tions.

“The Heavy Ve­hi­cle Safety Ini­tia­tive is an im­por­tant in­vest­ment tar­geted at ar­eas which can make a real dif­fer­ence when it comes to im­prov­ing the safety of all road users,” Mr McCor­mack said.

“Dur­ing 2017-18 there were 191 deaths in­volv­ing heavy ve­hi­cles and buses across Aus­tralia, which is un­ac­cept­able.

“Our aim is to re­duce that num­ber and while we ac­cept there is still a long way to go to reach zero – par­tic­u­larly to re­duce fa­tal­i­ties across rigid heavy ve­hi­cles – we are get­ting on with the job through pro­grams such as the HVSI, which will make a real dif­fer­ence.

NHVR CEO Sal Petroc­citto said the Heavy Ve­hi­cle Safety Ini­tia­tive pro­gram pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity for the Reg­u­la­tor to work with other safe­ty­fo­cused groups to­wards a com­mon goal.

“This pro­gram en­cour­ages a di­verse stake­holder group to col­lab­o­rate to cre­ate work­able so­lu­tions to make our roads safer,” he said.

Ap­pli­ca­tions for Round 4 fund­ing are open un­til Fe­bru­ary 22, 2019.

Projects must be im­ple­mentable, able to be com­menced in the 2019–20 fi­nan­cial year and com­pleted by June 30, 2022.

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

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RE­DUC­ING DEATHS: Heavy ve­hi­cle safety fund­ing is open.

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