$3.5 million for projects ‘to improve heavy vehicle safety’

Fifteen industry safety projects will share in $3.5 million under Round 7 of the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI).

The NHVR-led initiative is supported by the Australian Government, which has invested in 132 HVSI projects over six years.

In addition to Round 7 funding, the Australian Government will also provide a further $1.7 million to the NHVR to fund “targeted projects” that are designed to improve heavy vehicle safety, bringing the total commitment for HVSI projects to $5.6 million in 2022-23.

“There are some exciting grassroots projects included in Round 7 that can create meaningful change across a local, regional and national level,” said NHVR chief executive officer Sal Petroccitto.

According to Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King, these projects are expected to “make a real impact”.

“To make Australia’s roads safer for the growing transport and logistics sector, we have listened to what the industry said they need, and are supporting the safety projects that will make a real impact to their day-to-day operations,” she said.

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Senator Carol Brown added, “The Australian Government is also investing in further driver training, including a road hazard program that helps new drivers navigate driving in different conditions, managing fatigue and the importance of conducting daily safety checks to ensure a heavy vehicle is roadworthy.

“Another project is a web-based calculator that can be used across multiple different heavy vehicle combinations, to instantly identify the risk of a heavy vehicle rolling over.”

Here’s a look at the projects where the money will be spent.

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