Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Coalition Government committed to reducing road trauma in heavy vehicle industry

Media Release


11 April 2016

The Federal Government is working to reduce road trauma in the heavy vehicle industry through a range of measures designed to save lives and prevent serious injury.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said targeted regulations and road safety measures were being implemented to keep truck drivers safe, underpinned by the Coalition's record $50 billion investment in infrastructure.

Mr Chester said the government's heavy vehicle safety initiatives would provide better safety outcomes for all road users.

“We know that building better roads can not only change lives, it can save lives, which is why the Coalition Government has committed to $50 billion in infrastructure investment,” Mr Chester said.

“The government's initiatives are designed for all road users to get to their destination safely by funding practical road safety solutions, in partnership with the heavy vehicle industry.”

Mr Chester said funding was being directed to where it was needed most, through the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme, Black Spot Programme, Roads to Recovery Programme, and Bridges Renewal Programme.

This includes building 34 new or upgraded truck rest stops, innovative safety measures on key interstate freight routes, upgrading level crossings and building more overtaking lanes.

Mr Chester said the Coalition has announced it will abolish the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT) and place additional focus on road safety by providing more resources to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR).

“The government and the transport sector are committed to road safety and the NHVR has the support of industry as it undertakes its work,” Mr Chester said.

“Everyone wants to save lives and prevent serious injury on our roads. The Coalition has a multi-layered approach to getting truck drivers home safely and keeping Australia moving.

“This approach involves a mix of regulation and infrastructure upgrades, complemented by industry-led safety initiatives.”

The Australian Government has committed to a number of regulatory activities to improve heavy vehicle safety. These include:

  • Establishment of a national camera system to identify drivers and operators that do not comply with fatigue rules and avoid breaks;
  • A national data base of vehicles linked to a national written-off heavy vehicle register to prevent re-birthing of vehicles after accidents;
  • Targeted industry training programs to ensure operators are able to fully comply with all safety and operational requirements;
  • Strengthening of the Chain of Responsibility regime to ensure all relevant parties in the supply chain share responsibility for safety of heavy vehicle road transport operators;
  • Enforcement approaches to specifically address speeding heavy vehicles by targeting speed limiters;
  • Update to load restraint guidance to provide transport drivers and operators with basic safety principles for the safe carriage of loads; and,
  • Review of roadworthiness systems and maintenance requirements to improve accreditation of operators.