An online training program for truckies and a study that aims to reduce barriers impeding blind spot tech uptake are just two of the 21 projects receiving a total of $5.5 million in the latest rounds of safety funding by the NHVR.
In all, $3.8 million is going to 12 recipients through Round 8 of the Heavy Vehicle Safety Iniative (HVSI), with a further nine projects receiving $1.7 million in once-off funding for Chain of Responsibility (CoR) training and education projects.
The NHVR says the CoR projects will help organisations develop training content and resources that will help participants improve the safety of their heavy vehicle transport activities and meet their obligations under the law.
Infrastructure and Transport Assistant Minister Carol Brown says that when it comes to creating a safer heavy vehicle industry, the Australian Government listens.
“This funding will support organisations that are providing critical CoR training and are closing the compliance gap,” Brown said.
“This once-off grant scheme will help pave the way to a safer future on our roads, by helping industry improve their safety practices.
“Delivery of vital CoR training, particularly in regional and remote areas nationally, will lead to improved industry safety across the complete supply chain.”
NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said that be taking collective action, change can be implemented across a local, regional and national level.
“While the HVSI has already delivered some fantastic outcomes, it’s important we continue to support initiatives that will improve road safety for all Australians,” Petroccitto said.
“The NHVR is thrilled to be working with organisations in developing CoR training.
“We’ve always placed a strong focus on education at the NHVR, and I’m pleased these organisations are doing the same.
“These projects will ensure compliance is improved across the supply chain, and I am looking forward to seeing the other positive outcomes of this grant.”
The recipients of the $3.8 million in HVSI funding are (NB: The NHVR doesn’t reveal what each individual organisation receives of that total).