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$3.9 million funding boost for heavy vehicle safety projects

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T h e H o n M i c h a e l M c C o r m a c k M P

Deputy Prime Minister Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Leader of The Nationals Federal Member for Riverina


The Hon Michael McCormack MP

Parliament House Canberra| (02) 6277 7520 | Suite 2, 11-15 Fitzmaurice Street, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650 |

10 August 2018


An edu-tech app to help educate learner drivers about sharing roads safely with trucks, Australia’s first roadside effluent disposal facility for livestock carriers and a video series promoting 10 top safety tips are among the 14 initiatives to receive funding from the latest round of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (NHVR) Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative.

In announcing the $3.9 million funding program, Deputy Prime Minister and Infrastructure and Transport Minister Michael McCormack said it will continue to support industry-led heavy vehicle safety projects throughout Australia.

Mr McCormack said learner drivers using the DriveAbout app will soon receive comprehensive advice on sharing the road with trucks safely.

He said previous research has shown most road fatalities involving heavy vehicles are the fault of the other party - not the truck driver.

“As a country MP I know the challenges many young and new drivers can face with sharing the road with trucks,” he said.

“Sadly young drivers are significantly overrepresented in fatal crashes involving heavy vehicles.

“However, programs such as these are there to gear new drivers with the information and advice they need to improve and enhance safety outcomes.

“Teaching learner drivers how to safely share the road with trucks will have real impacts on ensuring our young people stay safe on the roads, especially in the regions.”

The DriveAbout app is currently available in English and eight Indigenous languages.

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator received 38 proposals for a share of about $3.9 million of funding for the 2018-19 round of the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiatives program.

Mr McCormack said he was pleased the Liberals and Nationals’ Government was able to support a wide range of projects from livestock saleyards, waste carriers, ports, farmers, right through to improved awareness for motorists.

“These new initiatives and programs will continue to support our efforts to make Australian roads safer,” he said.

Road authorities are currently looking at a range of sites in Queensland’s Lockyer Valley to trial Australia’s first roadside effluent disposal facility for livestock carriers.

Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz said the innovation would benefit both livestock carriers and the local community.

“Management of livestock effluent on public roadways is an important step forward to protect road safety, animal welfare, biosecurity, amenity, environment and business interests,” Mr Buchholz said.

“This $400,000 investment will be a real boost for the Lockyer Valley, with the organic material providing a new source of compost to support local farmers and producers.”

Australian Livestock and Rural Transport Association National President Kevin Keenan also welcomed the funding being provided for the pilot livestock effluent disposal facility.

“Having a pilot facility located on Queensland’s Warrego Highway, west of Brisbane, will service more than 20,000 semi-trailer equivalent movements and remove up to 2.5 million litres of effluent from the road corridor annually,” he said.

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the safety projects played a crucial role in improving heavy vehicle safety and productivity.

“These new initiatives contribute collectively to better heavy vehicle industry safety, education, policy and practice in Australia,” Mr Petroccitto said.

“The NHVR is looking forward to working with the winning bids to ensure the projects deliver safety outcomes for all road users.”

Other safety initiatives to receive funding in 2018-19 include: • A truck safety resource in WA and the NT • The development of a brake calculator • A #GetTruckWise trial campaign in Bendigo • A series of workshops in WA and Alice Springs raising awareness about the Chain of Responsibility amongst transport customers • Expansion of the National Safety Camera Network.

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Media Contact: Mr McCormack - Colin Bettles 0447 718 781 | Dom Hopkinson 0409 421 209 NHVR - Andrew Berkman 0429 128 637

Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative - 2018-19

Project Applicant Description

Chain of Responsibility 101 for saleyards

Australian Livestock Markets Association

Development of a 'chain of responsibility 101' user guide/handbook to provide operation specific compliance guidance of chain of responsibility (CoR) laws relevant to saleyard and livestock transport activities.

DriveAbout: Sharing the Road with Trucks

Ambrose Business Solutions

Ensure that DriveAbout (an edu-tech app focusing on learner driver education) delivers comprehensive advice re ‘Sharing the Road with Trucks’, including four TV-quality animations.

Joint Business and Transport Industry CoR Education

Western Roads Federation 6 joint industry / business events about CoR legislation - 5 across regional WA and 1 in Alice Springs (NT).

Safe Systems: Transport COR in Tasmanian Supply Chains

Tasmanian Transport Association

This project is designed to create an environment where new laws for CoR achieve greater acceptance, and parties to the supply chain develop confidence to progress proactive safety systems to work safely and legally within the law.

Truckies top ten tips for sharing the road with trucks

Whiteline Television Pty Ltd

This project would see the creation of a series of videos based on the truck drivers top ten tips for sharing the road safely with heavy vehicles. The video is to be released on the web and in hard copy as a road safety educational tool.

Chain of Responsibility awareness, education and training for primary producers

Grain Producers SA, Grain Trade Australia and National Farmers’ Federation

CoR awareness for primary producers.

Fatigue Management and Chain of Responsibility courses tailored to the waste and recycling industry

Waste Contractors and Recyclers Association of NSW

No fee training courses about fatigue management and CoR, specifically targeted at waste transporters and waste facilities who do not possess the financial resources to offer training to their transport staff. The courses would be tailored specifically to reflect the unique aspects of the waste and recycling industry in respect of vehicle operation liability and regulations.

Heavy Vehicle Safety Around Ports

Queensland Trucking Association and Port of Brisbane

The project will investigate the feasibility of using three safety measures to improve road safety around Australian ports and share the learnings for broader industry benefit.

Brake Calculator Australian Road Transport Suppliers

The proposal is to develop a web based brake calculator to assist single and multi-combination truck owners to improve the braking performance of their vehicles.

Association (ARTSA)

Crane Project The Crane Industry Council of Australia

Improving safety in the crane industry.

An industry-government partnership to construct and operate a roadside livestock effluent disposal facility for heavy vehicles

Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association

This project will establish Australia’s first roadside effluent disposal facility for livestock carriers. The facility will service up to 20,000 semi-trailer equivalent movements, removing up to 2,500,000 litres of effluent from the road corridor annually. Captured effluent will be redirected for productive purposes such as irrigation, soil composting, worm farms or energy generation.

A safety truck resource servicing WA and NT

Transafe WA Comprising a prime mover and customised trailer/mobile classroom, the vehicle will tour WA and into the NT engaging people of all ages on the importance of heavy vehicles and how to share the road safely with them.

#GetTruckWise Campaign City of Greater Bendigo

This project is an education and behaviour change campaign targeting passenger car drivers in their encounters with heavy vehicles. It centres on use of engaging activations, including 360 videos and virtual reality technology to improve driver skills, habits and hazard awareness.

National Safety Camera Network Priority Installation Sites 2018-19

National Heavy Vehicle Regulator

Continuation of the staged roll-out of the National Safety Camera Network. The Camera Network is part of a larger project the NHVR is undertaking to link heavy vehicle monitoring data sets with point-in-time intercept information, and share this information across borders.