$40 million federal funding for Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity

The Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese, has invited applications for funding under Round Three of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme (HVSPP).

This round of funding builds on 236 projects already delivered under Rounds One and Two, which included 95 new or upgraded rest areas and 45 new or upgraded parking/decoupling bays. For the periods 2008-2009 and 2011-2012 funding totalling $70 million was provided to the HVSPP.

Minister Albanese has expanded the categories for funding under Round Three to include rest areas, parking/decoupling bays, road network enhancements, technology trials, demonstration projects and livestock transport industry projects.

The funding available for 2012-13 is $10 million with $30 million for 2013-14. In the 2012-2013 Federal Budget the Government announced that it will be providing $140 million to extend the HVSPP through to 2018-19.

Australian Trucking Association Chairman David Simon said the program extension would help reduce the shortfall in the number of truck rest areas on the road system.

“The fatigue laws require truck drivers to take regular breaks, but there simply aren’t enough rest areas. The Government has build or upgraded more than 70 rest areas under Rounds One and Two of the HVSPP but there is still a long way to go,” Mr Simon said.

Submissions for Round Three funding from the industry will remain open until 30 September 2012, while the States and Territories have until October 31, 2012. The successful projects will be announced in early 2013.

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