The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has welcomed the Federal Government’s $132.5 million boost for the next round of road upgrades under the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.
NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the announcement by Acting Prime Minister Michael McCormack at the NatRoad Power Up 2018 conference earlier today would continue to provide a further boost for heavy vehicle safety.
“This is another important investment in heavy vehicle safety,” Mr Petroccitto said.
“The latest statistics from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics show that investment in heavy vehicle safety is leading to better outcomes for the industry.
“There were 191 fatal crashes in 2017-18. While this is their lowest level on record it’s still a sad figure, highlighting just how much work is still needed to make roads safer for heavy vehicle drivers.
“To continue this downward trend will require the combined efforts of all in the heavy vehicle industry and supply chain.”
Mr McCormack said the 93 road upgrade projects would share in a total of $132.5 million under Round Six of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program. Of the 93 road projects, 60 per cent will be undertaken by local councils.
For more information on the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program visit http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/infrastructure_investment/heavy_vehicle_safety_and_productivity.aspx