Fourth round of HVSI open to submissions

Nearly $4 million on offer to new road safety projects

Fourth round of HVSI open to submissions
Michael McCormack and Sal Petroccitto


Another $3.92 million is being invested into heavy vehicle safety projects as part of the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI).

Overseen by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) and supported by the federal government, HVSI encourages applications that identify risks and seek opportunities to improve heavy vehicle safety to reduce road trauma and save lives.

The three previous rounds have delivered more than $11 million towards 32 projects.

A list of the projects funded in round three of HVSI can be read here

"The Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative is an important investment targeted at areas which can make a real difference when it comes to improving the safety of all road users," federal transport minister Michael McCormack says.

"During 2017-18 there were 191 deaths involving heavy vehicles and buses across Australia, which is unacceptable.

"Our aim is to reduce that number and while we accept there is still a long way to go to reach zero – particularly to reduce fatalities across rigid heavy vehicles — we are getting on with the job through programs such as the HVSI, which will make a real difference.

"In opening Round 4 of the HVSI, we're inviting submissions on proposals which can drive real and meaningful change and can influence the way people view safety and behave on our roads.

"This may be a project utilising modern technologies, an education or awareness campaign, or the production of materials which increase safety awareness and compliance.

"This is an opportunity for all of our thought leaders and industry leaders and anyone else with initiative to submit their thoughts and ideas."

Applications for round four funding are open until February 22, 2019 and must be implementable and able to start in the 2019-20 financial year for completion by June 30, 2022.

"This program encourages a diverse stakeholder group to collaborate to create workable solutions to make our roads safer," NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto says.

"We don't pretend to have all the answers, which is why we are asking groups to harness their collective knowledge to develop implementable, value-for-money projects."

More information and submission guidelines can be found here



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