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Applications for $5.5 million safety initiative closing soon

Do you have an idea that will help improve road safety for heavy vehicles?

The NHVR is still taking submissions for round six of the $5.5 million Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI).

Projects must commence in the 2021-22 financial year and be completed by June 30, 2024. Applications close on February 12

“If you have a project, program or campaign that will increase safety awareness and compliance that requires funding or support to make it happen, we want to hear from you,” said the NHVR in its latest issue of On The Road.

“The funding for 2021-22 is a record for the program and we’re calling on groups to put forward their value-for-money projects and ideas for consideration.”

Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said the funding showed the federal government was serious about heavy vehicle safety.

“There are some clever people with some clever ideas on how to improve road safety that just need some support to deliver those programs,” said Buchholz.

“I know that Governments and regulators don’t have all the answers when it comes to road safety, which is why we’re calling on groups to put forward their value-for-money projects and ideas for consideration.

“I’ve had the pleasure of seeing some great programs across the country benefit from this funding, including livestock loading frames, and support for driver physical and mental health and wellbeing, which was important for drivers managing the stress and restriction in place during the pandemic.”

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the HVSI program received 59 applications for funding last year and he looked forward to even more in this round.

“This year the NHVR has suggested that submissions address one of the following three themes – Safer drivers, Safer vehicles and Safer road use – to align with state, territory and Commonwealth road safety plans,” said Petroccitto.

For more information or to view the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative 2021-22 Submission Guidelines, visit www.nhvr.gov.au/hvsi

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