Heavy vehicle safety program offers $4.4M in latest round

A roadtrain crosses the desert in Australia.

Submissions have opened for Round 9 of the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI).

The latest round of funding has received a $4.4 million commitment from the Federal Government as it seeks to boost heavy vehicle safety across new projects.

The HVSI is run by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR), with an aim of supporting projects that will deliver safety benefits across the heavy vehicle freight industry and supply chain.

More than $38 million has been invested into 153 initiatives over the previous rounds funded to date.

Project submissions must directly address at least one of the themes – safer drivers, safer vehicles or safer road use – by investing in driver or supply chain skills and training, vehicle safety technologies and improvements, or heavy vehicle educational tools and resources.

Submissions are now open and close at 5pm AEST 19 February 2024.

The application form and project guidelines, which detail eligibility and the submission process, are available at www.nhvr.gov.au/hvsi.

“The Australian Government is committed to making our roads safer, by supporting initiatives that address key issues in the transport and logistics sector and provide workable solutions,” said Federal Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Carol Brown.

“Previous rounds of the HVSI have funded crucial projects such as roadside health and wellness screening, online training programs, and increasing safety for vulnerable road users.

“I encourage any business or association involved in the heavy vehicle industry looking to address a safety gap or issue, to apply.

“We look forward to investing in new projects that will continue to keep road safety front of mind, and in turn, reduce road trauma and save lives.”

The NHVR, according to NHVR Chief Executive Officer Sal Petroccitto, is excited to work alongside safety-focused organisations and individuals, and support innovative, implementable projects that will have long-term benefits not only for industry, but all road users.

“HVSI is a game-changing program and I’m looking forward to seeing this next round get underway, so we can continue to drive heavy vehicle safety across the country,” he said.

“At the NHVR, our goal is for Australia to have a safe, efficient, and productive heavy vehicle industry, and this new funding will support our work in doing just that.

“We’re calling on groups that have a project, program, or campaign, that will increase compliance and promote safety on our roads and require funding or support, to submit an application.”

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