REDUCING DEATHS: Heavy vehicle safety funding is open.
REDUCING DEATHS: Heavy vehicle safety funding is open.

Green light for funding

FUNDING applications for Round 4 of the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative program are now open, giving the green light to submissions on projects aiming to save lives and reduce road trauma.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack made the announcement as part of a journey driving in a truck loaded with wool bales, delivered from regional Victoria into Melbourne.

Mr McCormack said $3.92 million is being invested into the HVSI program for projects that will identify risks and opportunities and to improve heavy vehicle safety throughout the nation.

The first two rounds saw $7.72 million invested in 18 projects and Round 3 was announced in August this year and delivered $3.89 million for 14 projects, selected from 38 applications.

"The Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative is an important investment targeted at areas which can make a real difference when it comes to improving the safety of all road users,” Mr McCormack said.

"During 2017-18 there were 191 deaths involving heavy vehicles and buses across Australia, which is unacceptable.

"Our aim is to reduce that number and while we accept there is still a long way to go to reach zero - particularly to reduce fatalities across rigid heavy vehicles - we are getting on with the job through programs such as the HVSI, which will make a real difference.

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative program provided an opportunity for the Regulator to work with other safety- focused groups towards a common goal.

"This program encourages a diverse stakeholder group to collaborate to create workable solutions to make our roads safer,” he said.

Mr Petroccitto said.

"We don't pretend to have all the answers, which is why we are asking groups to harness their collective knowledge to develop implementable, value-for-money projects.

"Funding from the first three rounds of the HVSI Program is supporting a wide range of projects across the country, with $11.61 million so far invested in 33 projects.”

Applications for Round 4 funding are open until February 22, 2019.

Projects must be implementable, able to be commenced in the 2019-20 financial year and completed by June 30, 2022.

For more information visit nhvr.gov.au/hvsi.

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