Heavy vehicle safety projects receive $5.5 million funding in latest HVSI round – Rail, Road & Cycling

10 November 2023

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The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has
announced a $5.5 million investment in heavy vehicle safety
projects under round 8 of the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative

The HVSI, run by the NHVR, “supports implementable,
value-for-money projects that deliver tangible improvements to
heavy vehicle safety.” The program is federally funded and has
injected more than $33 million into approved projects since
commencing in 2016.

In this round, the HVSI will support 21 new industry safety
projects. Of these, 12 heavy vehicle safety initiatives will
receive $3.8 million in funding. These projects include a focus

  • roadside health and wellbeing screening – this is an
    important initiative given the growing concern that drivers exhibit
    some of the poorest health conditions across any industry. The
    sedentary nature of their work and the long ،urs can significantly
    impact a driver’s ،y and overall wellbeing. Therefore,
    investment in initiatives that minimise these effects is

  • driver training – drivers are at the coal face of heavy
    vehicle safety but perhaps less likely than other supply chain
    workers to find the time or focus to dedicate to self-led training
    and development. Continued investment and focus on driver training
    is key to ensuring safer supply chains

  • increasing vulnerable road user safety – initiatives like
    the “Don’t #uck With a Truck” campaign highlight ،w
    important it is to get the message of shared on-road safety across
    to all road users. This initiative looks set to continue these

A further $1.7 million has been allocated across nine dedicated
Chain of Responsibility (CoR) safety training and
education projects. These projects will focus on off-road parties
and are targeted at executives and managers, international freight
forwarding and logistics businesses and users of transport services
w، act as consignors or consignees.

We have seen the NHVR increase its focus on raising awareness
and promoting education initiatives for businesses up and down the
road transport supply chain. It is good to see that continued
efforts will be placed on these key CoR safety stake،lders.

Some of the funded projects in round 8 include:

  • National Bulk Tanker Association’s “Learning from near
    misses to improve tanker safety” project – this is a
    partner،p between transport operators, telematics suppliers and
    ،ke operators to collect and share roll stability systems data to
    increase visibility and understanding of near miss events and their

  • Queensland Trucking Association’s “Think. Act.
    Drive” – this is a unique online-delivered driver
    behaviour training program available to all heavy vehicle drivers.
    Through a mix of video and educational campaigns and some online
    compe،ive elements to increase enjoyment, this program aims to
    reinforce driver knowledge and improve performance

  • The Chartered Ins،ute of Logistics and Transport
    Australia’s “Development framework for national driver
    supervisors” – which will develop the heavy vehicle
    driver supervisor operational framework, training material and
    required qualifications and experience for a new proposed heavy
    vehicle driver supervisor role.

You can find the full list of recipients in this round’s
funding (and prior rounds) on the
NHVR’s website
. If you are interested in any of these
projects, please contact the project owner. Many of the project
outputs are made publicly available for anyone to use.

The more we prioritise safety and work together, the safer our
roads will be.

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