The opening of applications for grants from Australian Government’s Road Safety Innovation Fund presents the heavy vehicle industry with an opportunity to drive the future of road safety innovation and technology.
HVIA Chief Executive Todd Hacking says the grant program is a great opportunity for members to take their innovative ideas to the next level.
“Our industry has an incredible record of innovation that has played a major role in dramatically improving road safety outcomes both here in Australia and across the world.
“I know that our members spend a lot of time at the drawing board considering new ways to push the boundaries, so I encourage you all to take advantage of this opportunity to collaborate with Government and showcase your ideas.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the program would provide grants for road safety research and technology development to improve safety outcomes across the nation.
“The Australian Government takes road safety seriously, because one death or one crash on our roads is one too many,” Mr McCormack said.
“Innovation is key to supporting the Safe System approach to improving road safety and making safety front of mind for all road users.
“The fund will target innovating projects addressing priority areas including improving road safety in regional and remote areas, reducing driver distraction and drug driving and supporting better safety outcomes for vulnerable road users.
“I look forward to announcing successful initiatives to be funded under Round 1 of the Road Safety Innovation Fund in the coming months and seeing critical safety-improving projects get under way soon after.”
Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz urged any organisations with an interest in road safety research and technology development to apply for funding to help make a difference to the lives of all Australians.
“Potential projects can include innovation in road safety management initiatives, new technologies and delivery techniques or research that better informs policy development and outcomes,” Mr Buchholz said.
“The first round of the Road Safety Innovation Fund has $2 million available to fund projects across the country over the next four years.
The first round of applications close 18 May 2020 and will be assessed through an open competitive process.
For further information, including application guidelines and submissions, for the $12 million Road Safety Innovation Fund are available at www.grants.gov.au
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