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Austroads to develop heavy vehicle hazard perception test

Austroads has appointed three professors to develop a hazard perception test for Australian heavy vehicle drivers

Australian and New Zealand transport agency Austroads is undertaking a new project to design, develop and deliver a heavy vehicle hazard perception test for Australian road conditions. 

Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety professor Sharon Newman has been commissioned by Austroads to lead the project. Newman will also collaborate with University of Queensland professors Andrew Hill and Mark Horswill. 

Austroads says while many countries require light vehicle drivers to achieve a passing score on a computer-based hazard perception test, no such test has been developed specifically for heavy vehicle licensing. 

In its recent review of the National Heavy Vehicle Comptency Framework, Austroads says it identified hazard perception testing of heavy vehicle licence applicants as a potential method for achieving safety improvements. 

Austroads says the testing program will be incorporated into the learning outcomes of the framework and will complement other components that are being developed as part of a broad suite of enhancements to Australia’s heavy vehicle licensing system. 

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