A $5,000 grant has been allocated to a local initiative that will improve heavy vehicle driver safety on the Newell Highway, through the 2019 Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative.
Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said the funding has been awarded to road safety advocate Rod Hannifey as part of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s safety fund, supported by the Federal Government.
“Heavy vehicle drivers perform an essential service in tough and often dangerous conditions every day,” Mr Coulton said.
“Heavy vehicle safety is everyone’s responsibility and through local safety programs we can make our roads safer for all road users.
“Rod Hannifey’s project will target heavy vehicle safety by maintaining green reflector markings of informal truck bays on the Newell Highway.
“I’m very happy to support this initiative and I commend Rod on his work.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the funding was part of $5.4 million of funding for heavy vehicle safety programs.
“This program is all about supporting the drivers who support our economy,” Mr McCormack said.
“Without trucks and truck drivers, Australia stops.
“23 recipients from across Australia will be supported to roll out programs targeting heavy vehicle safety. From fire prevention, to truckie mental health, to safe livestock transport these diverse projects will all make a big difference to safety.”
Mr Hannifey said he is pleased to be using the funding to support truck driver safety.
“Green reflector markings can often be the saving grace for truck drivers who are in need of a break,” Mr Hannifey said.
“Thanks to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s safety fund, we will be able to see more of these projects roll out, ultimately keeping our truck drivers safe on their journeys.”
This program has been funded under the $5.4 million National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s safety fund, supported by the Federal Government.
For more information visit www.nhvr.gov.au/hvsi
Photo Caption: Member for Parkes Mark Coulton with road safety advocate, Rod Hannifey, who has received $5,000 for a heavy vehicle driver safety initiative, through the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s safety fund.