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NHVR combines with government for $3.5 million industry safety projects

The NHVR and federal government will fund 15 projects that focus on safety in the heavy vehicle industry

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) says it has joined forces with the federal government to issue $3.5 million in industry projects to improve heavy vehicle safety. 

Fifteen industry-led projects will receive crucial funding as part of the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI), supported by the federal government.

$3.5 million will be invested into the projects through round seven of the HVSI program to improve heavy vehicle safety.

These heavy vehicle projects are created for industry, by industry, to make their workplace safer.

The federal government has invested in 132 HVSI projects over six years to progress a safer, more productive heavy vehicle industry.

The federal government has also committed a further $1.7 million to the NHVR to fund targeted projects to improve heavy vehicle safety, taking total commitment for HVSI projects to $5.6 million in 2022-23.

“Australia’s freight task is expected to increase by 80 per cent by 2030,” federal transport minister Catherine King says.


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“To make Australia’s roads safer for the growing transport and logistics sector, we have listened to what the industry said they need, and are supporting the safety projects that will make a real impact to their day-to-day operations.”

Federal assistant transport minister Carol Brown says the government will also invest in other programs to help prioritise safety.
“The federal government is also investing in further driver training, including a road hazard program that helps new drivers navigate driving in different conditions, managing fatigue and the importance of conducting daily safety checks to ensure a heavy vehicle is roadworthy,” Brown says.

“Another project is a web-based calculator that can be used across multiple different heavy vehicle combinations, to instantly identify the risk of a heavy vehicle rolling over.”

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto says this collaboration with government will help the regulator achieve greater road safety outcomes.

“There are some exciting grassroots projects included in round seven of the HVSI that can create meaningful change across a local, regional and national level,” Petroccitto says.

“I urge anyone who has a heavy vehicle safety project idea to get a head start on their application for round eight of the HVSI program, to contribute towards making Australia’s roads safer for all users.”

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