Applications open for heavy vehicle safety grants

Federal Government calls for funding applications for investment in rest areas, road upgrades and more

September 6, 2012

The Federal Government has called for funding applications for investment in projects such as rest areas and road upgrades to improve heavy vehicle safety.

The Government will allocate $40 million to the states and territories to improve roads and roadside facilities for truck drivers.

Funds will be made under the third round of the Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program. Jurisdictions will receive the money over 2012-13 and 2013-14.

Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese has expanded the categories open to funding, with the Government prepared to bankroll technology trials, demonstration projects and projects specific to the livestock transport sector.

"Round three builds on the 236 projects successfully delivered under rounds one and two of the program, which includes 95 new or upgraded rest areas and 45 new or upgraded parking bays," Albanese says.

The deadline for funding submission from the trucking industry is September 30, while state and territory governments will have until October 31 to get their applications in.

Albanese says work on projects to receive funding will begin early next year. All up, the Government is providing $140 million under the program.

Albanese says the industry will also benefit from the introduction of national heavy vehicle regulations and the creation of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal, which has the power to set pay rates and conditions for truck drivers.

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