Fifth round of HVSI open to applications


Federal contribution towards safety initiative increases to $5.48 million

Fifth round of HVSI open to applications
Sal Petroccitto

 

Applications are being sought for the fifth round of funding under the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI), with a federal government contribution of $5.48 million towards the program.

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is encouraging programs that improve heavy vehicle safety on Australian roads, noting the HVSI program received 42 applications for funding last year.

NHVR says projects must be implementable, begin in the 2020-21 financial year and be completed by June 30, 2023 – and applications are open until February 21, 2020.

 "This continues to be a great opportunity for the NHVR to work with safety-focused groups towards delivering a tangible safety outcome," NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto says.

"I’m always encouraged by the diversity of stakeholder groups that put forward their ideas and their willingness to create solutions to make our roads safer."

Federal transport minister Michael McCormack says the funding is focused towards groups and projects delivering safety benefits for the heavy vehicle industry and all road users.

"Projects or programs, education or awareness campaigns, or materials that increase safety awareness and compliance that are in need of funding and support should consider applying," he says.

"Road safety is everyone’s responsibility, which is why we’re asking groups to harness their collective knowledge to develop implementable, value-for-money projects."

The HVSI program has delivered $17.3 million for 62 grants over the past four years.

Road safety and freight transport assistant minister Scott Buchholz recently lauded the benefits of a trial for a livestock unloading system at Kilcoy in Queensland.


More on that livestock unloading frame trial, here


"We’ve seen some great programs across the country benefit from the HVSI funding over the past four years," Buchholz says

"Elsewhere, projects such as a virtual reality program for learner drivers developed in Bendigo and information for caravan and RV drivers on how to share the road and rest areas with truck drivers are examples of great safety outcomes.

"The most recent round of funding will support heavy vehicle driver physical and mental health and wellbeing, and will provide pathways for operators and drivers to increase their awareness and ability to take proactive steps to address this increasingly important issue."

More information on applying is available here

 

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