Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative enters seventh round


Buchholz sings praises of HVSI cash winner Parallel Access Landing frame

Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative enters seventh round
Barnaby Joyce

Applications are now open for Round 7 of the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI), worth $5.6 million.

"The government is committed to working with industry to ensure this vital sector remains safe and productive," federal transport minister Barnaby Joyce said.

"This funding will support initiatives that increase safety awareness, education and compliance across the sector."

Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz noted the federal government had so far allocated around $33.6 million through the HVSI.

"It’s been great to see projects that tackle safety issues in sectors including agriculture, livestock and rural freight, and raise awareness about issues such as driver fatigue and mental health," Buchholz added.

"I’ve seen first-hand the safety solutions these projects deliver, such as the trial of a livestock Parallel Access Landing frame in Kilcoy, Queensland which prevents the risk of drivers climbing and falling from the vehicle crate or being struck when loading or unloading livestock.

"It’s crucial we continue to prioritise these types of projects to ensure a productive and safe future for the industry."

National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) CEO Sal Petroccitto observed there were 74 applications submitted under the last round of the program, and he hoped to see even more quality projects put forward.

"I urge community and industry groups with tangible, effective ideas that align with the theme Safer Drivers, Safer Vehicles, Safer Road Use to submit your application and make a difference," Petroccitto said.

"I look forward to continuing to work with the industry to find solutions that make our roads safer."

Applications for Round 7 funding are open until February 14. Projects must be implemented during the 2022-23 financial year and be completed within two years of commencement.

For more information or to view the submission guidelines visit www.nhvr.gov.au/hvsi

 

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