THE National Heavy Vehicle Regulator is calling for funding applications for programs that improve heavy vehicle safety on Australian roads.

Deputy Prime Minister and infrastructure minister Michael McCormack said the Commonwealth had provided $5.48m for safety projects for round five of the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative program.

“This funding is focused towards groups and projects delivering real safety benefits for the heavy vehicle industry and all road users,” Mr McCormack said.

“Projects or programs, education or awareness campaigns, or materials that increase safety awareness and compliance that are in need of funding and support should consider applying.

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“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility, which is why we’re asking groups to harness their collective knowledge to develop implementable, value-for-money projects.”

The HVSI program has delivered $17.3m for 62 grants during the past four years.

Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said this round’s record funding of $5.48 million showed the government was serious about heavy vehicle safety.

“We’ve seen some great programs across the country benefit from the HVSI funding over the past four years,” Mr Buchholz said.

“I recently saw the benefits of a trial for a livestock unloading system at Kilcoy in Queensland.”

NHVR chief executive Sal Petroccitto said the HVSI program received 42 applications for funding last year.

“This continues to be a great opportunity for the NHVR to work with safety-focused groups towards delivering a tangible safety outcome,” Mr Petroccitto said.

“I’m always encouraged by the diversity of stakeholder groups that put forward their ideas.”

Applications for round five funding are open until 21 February 2020. For more information or to view the Submission Guidelines visit: www.nhvr.gov.au/hvsi

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