Heavy vehicle safety initiative 2017-18

The NHVR has engaged broadly with the heavy vehicle industry to identify safety initiatives to put forward to the Transport and Infrastructure Council for funding in 2017-18. We called for submissions in February-March 2017 detailing implementable, value-for-money initiatives that have the potential to deliver significant heavy vehicle safety benefits.

The following programs will receive funding under the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative program for 2017-18.

InitiativeOrganisationDescription
Safety Education and Awareness Campaign to help Road and Rest Stop users to "Coexist" Caravan Industry Association of Australia A partnership education program to inform caravan and RV travellers on the appropriate use of rest stop sites and the risks associated with disruptive behaviour to help foster a safer environment for all road users.
Master Registered Code of Practice Australian Logistics Council and the Australian Trucking Association Development of a Master Registered Code of Practice for registration under section 706 of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) by peak industry bodies. The Master Code will especially assist small trucking companies with fewer than 20 employees, which comprise around 98% of trucking businesses.
Investigating the Feasibility of User-Pay Loading and Unloading Infrastructure Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association Funding of the construction of a stock crate Pivoting Access Landing (PAL) frame at a major livestock processing facility in Australia to investigate the feasibility of user-pay loading and unloading infrastructure, to help address safety issues in transporting livestock.
Forestry Logistics Safety Program Australian Forest Contractors Association Series of Australia-wide forestry logistic safety workshops targeted specifically at operators and loaders working within this high-risk industry. The workshops will provide information on legal obligations of securing loads; the stability of vehicles transporting forestry products and how to minimise truck rollover risk; identifying deficiencies in existing load restraint systems; and emerging new technologies and their use.
Standard School Bus Light Systems Bus Industry Confederation Development of a national standard for school bus light systems. This is designed to ensure safety messaging can be made consistent across Australia. It will especially assist in areas where school buses cross borders.
Sharing the Road Education Campaign (agricultural industry) In collaboration with industry stakeholders This road education campaign for the agricultural industry will help people driving on regional and rural roads understand the time sensitivities around the movement of over size and overmass vehicles.
Safe Freight Networks Safe Freight Networks Australia Systematic roll out of Local Safe Freight Networks (SFNs) in areas where heavy vehicle crashes are higher than average, including research to determine priority areas.
Green Reflector Markings of Informal Truck Bays - Newell Highway Truckright This campaign will see green reflector markings installed near informal truck bays along the Newell Highway.  Truck drivers will be informed of the initiative and reminded of how to use truck stopping bays to manage fatigue.
Heavy Vehicle Compliance Monitoring Network State and Territory governments Funding to implement an expanded network of heavy vehicle compliance monitoring cameras  in Victoria, Australian Capital Territory, Queensland and South Australia.
Bus Fire Evacuation Protocol and Advice Bus Industry Confederation Development of a Bus Fire Evacuation Protocol, as a practical tool to train drivers and managers about what to do in the event of a bus fire.
Heavy Vehicle Safety Hotline NHVR (with industry stakeholders) A hotline that will allow individuals within the heavy vehicle industry to anonymously report potential infringements to the Regulator and service delivery partners.
Heavy Vehicle Adverse Environment Operations Forum South Gippsland Shire Council A six-month trial of fog driving awareness is fog-prone areas, as well as the development of an operational plan and communication strategy.