Funding boost for heavy vehicle safety projects

Media Release

DC321/2017

25 October 2017

Joint release with:

Mr Sal Petroccitto - CEO

National Heavy Vehicle Regulator

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is calling for submissions for the next round of Australian Government funding to support industry-led safety projects.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester said the program was already changing lives and saving lives.

Mr Chester called for the next round of submissions for the NHVR's Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative program at today's NHVR Industry Reference Forum.

“The first two rounds of the program have seen $7.72 million invested in 17 projects to improve safety for heavy vehicle drivers, operators and general road users,” Mr Chester said.

“The Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative is entering the third funding round with $3.89 million from the Turnbull-Joyce Government available to support a wide range of projects.

“There were 212 fatalities involving heavy vehicles across Australia in 2016–17 and we are continuing to work hard to ensure that number continues to decline.

“Governments and agencies don't have all the answers, which is why we want to hear from anyone who has a program, education, or information materials that can provide a tangible safety benefit.”

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the uptake of the program had been extremely high.

“Due to the overwhelming response by industry in the past, the NHVR has decided to open applications earlier this round,” Mr Petroccitto said.

“We expect to again receive high quality proposals for both grass-roots and higher level safety projects.

“We are looking for submissions that detail implementable, value-for-money projects that will deliver significant heavy vehicle safety benefits.

“Safety projects that are already benefiting from support of the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative program include a funding option for a livestock unloading crate by the Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association, a series of safety workshops by the Australian Forest Contractors Association,

Chain of Responsibility information being delivered nationally, and a fog awareness trial being rolled-out in Victoria.”

Applications are open until February 23, 2018. Projects will be presented to the Transport and Infrastructure Council for consideration in May 2018.

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

NHVR Chairman Bruce Baird, Mr Chester and Mr Petroccitto

From left to right: NHVR Chairman Bruce Baird, Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester and NHVR Chief Executive Officer Mr Petroccitto