The NHVR has announced that submissions are now open for round nine  of its Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI), to fund new projects that will boost heavy vehicle safety and deliver tangible improvements for industry.

According to the NHVR, the Australian Government has committed $4.4 million for round nine of the HVSI, with an aim of supporting projects that will deliver safety benefits across the heavy vehicle freight industry and supply chain.

Project submissions must directly address at least one of the themes – safer drivers, safer vehicles or safer road use – by investing in driver or supply chain skills and training, vehicle safety technologies and improvements, or heavy vehicle educational tools and resources.

The NHVR said that submissions are now open and close at 5pm AEST  on the 19 February 2024.

The application form and project guidelines, which detail eligibility and the submission process, are available at www.nhvr.gov.au/hvsi.

The Federal Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Carol Brown said that the Australian Government is committed to making roads safer, by supporting initiatives that address key issues in the transport and logistics sector and provide workable solutions.

“More than $38 million has been invested into 153 initiatives over the previous rounds funded to date,” Brown said.

“Previous rounds of the HVSI have funded crucial projects such as roadside health and wellness screening, online training programs, and increasing safety for vulnerable road users,” she added.

 “I encourage any business or association involved in the heavy vehicle industry looking to address a safety gap or issue, to apply,” Minister Brown said.

“We look forward to investing in new projects that will continue to keep road safety front of mind, and in turn, reduce road trauma and save lives,” she added.

 NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto. said the NHVR is excited to work alongside safety-focused organisations and individuals, and support innovative, implementable projects that will have long-term benefits not only for industry, but all road users.

“HVSI is a game-changing program and I’m looking forward to seeing this next round get underway, so we can continue to drive heavy vehicle safety across the country<” Petruccitto said.

“At the NHVR, our goal is for Australia to have a safe, efficient, and productive heavy vehicle industry, and this new funding will support our work in doing just that,” he said.

“We’re calling on groups that have a project, program, or campaign, that will increase compliance and promote safety on our roads and require funding or support, to submit an application” Petruccitto concluded.