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

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National regulator for heavy vehiclesNHVR) announced a $5.5 million investment in heavy vehicle safety projects under Round 8 of the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI).

The HVSI, run by the NHVR, “supports feasible, cost-effective projects that deliver tangible improvements in heavy vehicle safety”. The program is federally funded and has invested more than $33 million in approved projects since it began in 2016.

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

  • Roadside Health and Wellbeing Checks – This is an important initiative given growing concerns that drivers are in some of the worst health conditions of any industry. The sedentary nature of their work and long hours can significantly affect the driver’s body and overall well-being. Investing in initiatives that minimize these impacts is therefore worthwhile

  • driver training – drivers focus on heavy vehicle safety, but are probably less likely than other supply chain workers to take the time or focus for their own training and development. Continued investment and focus on driver training is key to ensuring safer supply chains

  • increasing the safety of vulnerable road users – initiatives such as the ‘Don’t #uck With a Truck’ campaign highlight the importance of getting the message of shared road safety across to all road users. This initiative looks set to continue these lessons.

An additional $1.7 million was allocated under nine dedicated chains of responsibility (Corner) safety training and education projects. These projects will focus on off-road parties and are aimed at executives and managers, international forwarding and logistics companies and users of transport services who act as senders or receivers.

We have seen NHVR focus more on raising awareness and supporting educational initiatives for businesses in the road transport supply chain. It is good to see that a sustained effort will be given to these key VR security stakeholders.

Some of the funded projects in Round 8 include:

  • The National Bulk Tanker Association’s “Learning from Near Misses to Improve Tanker Safety” project is a partnership between shipping operators, telematics vendors and brake operators to collect and share roll stability system data to increase visibility and understanding of near miss events and their location.

  • Queensland Trucking Association “Think. Act. Drive’ – a unique online driver behavior training program available to all heavy vehicle drivers. Through a combination of video and educational campaigns and some online competition elements to enhance enjoyment, this program aims to strengthen driver knowledge and improve performance.

  • Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Australia “National Driver Supervisor Development Framework” – which will develop the HGV driver supervision operational framework, training materials and required qualifications and experience for the newly proposed HGV driver supervision role.

A full list of funding recipients for this round (and previous rounds) can be found at NHVR website. If you are interested in any of these projects, please contact the project owner. Many of the project outputs are publicly available for use.

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

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