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NHVR welcomes funding boost for heavy vehicle programs

National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) Chair, Duncan Gay, said the commitment by the Federal Government to new funding for the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI) was an important safety outcome for all road users.

“The HVSI program has provided $11.61 million for 35 community and industry safety initiatives over the past three years,” said Gay.

“The NHVR doesn’t pretend to have all the answers, which is why it’s important we work with a variety of safety groups to harness their collective knowledge to develop implementable, value-for-money projects.

“There are 42 applications for the current round of funding, which closed in February, already vying for the current $3.91 million in funding,” he said.

The HVSI program has delivered a range of safety programs over the past three years including Chain of Responsibility information, a Safety Around Ports project, Forestry Logistics Safety program, Ag Vehicle safety, green reflectors to mark informal truck bays, Heavy Vehicle Confidential Reporting line and user-pays loading trials for livestock loading.

Mr Gay also welcomed the additional $571.1 million to improve the safety and efficiency of heavy vehicle operations through the Bridges Renewal Program and Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program, including the establishment of the Office of Road Safety.

“There were 175 fatalities involving heavy vehicles and buses in 2018. While that is the lowest number ever recorded, it shows there is still a long way to go and many lives to save,” he said.

In other news, the NHVR has congratulated Dr Gillian Miles on her appointment as National Transport Commission CEO and Commissioner.

NHVR CEO, Sal Petroccitto, said the appointment would continue the strong cooperation between the NHVR and the NTC for ongoing reform to heavy vehicle safety and productivity.

“The NHVR has had a robust and constructive working relationship with the NTC across a wide range of heavy vehicle issues and I look forward to continuing that with Gillian’s appointment,” said Petroccitto.

“Gillian brings a wealth of knowledge to the role and experience in managing complex land transport issues.

“I would also like to acknowledge the work of interim CEO Dr Geoff Allan who has been filling the role following the departure of former CEO Paul Retter in late 2018.”

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