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

Tenders open for Hume Freeway rest area upgrade

Media Release


04 June 2015

Joint release with:

Luke Donnellan

Victorian Minister for Roads, Road Safety and Ports

Bridget McKenzie

Senator for Victoria

Jacyln Symes

Member for Northern Victoria

Tenders are now being sought for a $4.4 million project which will use technology to improve safety for heavy vehicle operators on the Hume Freeway.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the introduction of the Truck Rest Area Vacancy Information System (TRAVIS) will help truck drivers plan their rest stops, reducing fatigue and improving road safety in the process.

“The annual economic cost of road crashes is enormous, estimated at up to $27 billion per year. With freight operators reliant on the timely delivery of goods, many truck drivers push the bounds of physical and regulatory requirements when driving.

“This project will install detectors at six rest areas on the southbound carriageway of the Hume Freeway between Wodonga and Benalla.  The detectors will display the number of vacant truck parking bays on electronic signs so truck drivers can plan a safe and efficient trip.”

Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan said the innovative project continued the government's investment in Victoria's road network.

“We have listened to road safety and freight groups who have highlighted the importance of managing fatigue and improving safety on one of our major freeways,” Mr Donnellan said.

“This project will support efficient freight movement through the transport network to safely reach our ports—it will benefit businesses, communities and our economy.”

Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie welcomed the announcement and said the project will be a major boost to small communities and the state's economy.

“With tenders now being sought, many local businesses will have the opportunity to bid for this significant contract,” Senator McKenzie said.

“Research shows that around 20 per cent of fatal road accidents in Victoria involve driver fatigue and is the single most significant cause of road crashes involving heavy vehicles. The completion of this project in early-2016 will help minimise the chance of such accidents.”

The Member for the Northern Victoria Region Jaclyn Symes said TRAVIS will provide real time information to drivers to boost road safety and reduce driver fatigue on one of Victoria's major road corridors for transporting freight.

“The Victorian economy relies on the freight industry and this new addition to road infrastructure will ensure freight can move between Victorian ports and regional centres safety and efficiently.”

The project is jointly funded by the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments under the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme and contractors can submit a tender application to VicRoads up until Wednesday, 15 July 2015.