Round Five of the Australian Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative funding announced this week will provide 26 projects, aimed at saving lives and reducing road trauma, with a share of the latest $5.9 million to be pledged to the initiative.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development said innovative projects delivering safety benefits to the heavy vehicle industry and other road users would be funded.
“Projects being funded this round target key areas such as developing or testing innovative new technologies, mental health support for drivers, educational campaigns and much-needed training and development,” said Michael McCormack, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development.
“This includes funding for the recently launched Healthy Heads in Trucks and Sheds foundation to ramp up their work to improve the mental health of people in the heavy vehicle sector nationwide, from drivers right through to warehouse and distribution centre staff.
“Some of the technology-focused projects include testing next-generation base tyres and trialling new mobile cameras under the National Safety Camera Network initiative to allow real-time monitoring for critical safety concerns like load limit compliance and driver fatigue.”
Some of the projects to get funding include one for the Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association designed to manage effluent in the livestock supply chain – an Industry Code of Practice Awareness Campaign. The Australian Road Research Board is looking at the ‘Testing of Electronic Stability Technologies on Long Combination Vehicles’.
Lindsay Australia will receive funding to develop a risk assessment and prevention toolkit to mitigate and reduce Musculoskeletal Disorder injuries to heavy vehicle road transport drivers. The Queensland Trucking Association are being fund to raise awareness on heavy vehicle driver health and wellbeing and conduct physical health assessments to help improve heavy vehicle driver health and enhance road safety.
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has two projects included in the comprehensive list. One is for testing new Mobile Camera Technologies to facilitate the monitoring and interception of high risk operators, vehicles and journeys.The other is Sharing the Road with Heavy Vehicles, which is creating a national educational and awareness campaign that targets learner drivers, P-platers and other young drivers.
NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said HVSI provided an opportunity for the Regulator, who administers the program, to work with other safety-focused groups towards a common and critical goal.
“The HVSI program encourages community, industry and government groups right across the country to collaborate to create workable solutions to make our roads safer,” said Sal Petroccitto, NHVR CEO. “It’s an important demonstration of how working together and harnessing a breadth of knowledge and industry experience can achieve real and lasting results for heavy vehicle safety.
“While the HVSI has already delivered some great outcomes, we still have critical work to do to make our roads even safer, which is why I look forward to getting this next round of projects underway to keep driving the future of heavy vehicle safety right across the country.”