$250,000 of heavy vehicle safety funding has been allocated to OzHelp Foundation to support a transport assistance package for owner-drivers through the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (NHVR) 2019 Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, supported by the Federal Government.
CEO of OzHelp Foundation, Darren Black, said he was pleased the funding would support OzHelp to improve heavy vehicle safety.
“OzHelp looks forward to working closely with the Federal Government and NHVR to improve the mental health and wellbeing of truck drivers whom we know work in one of Australia’s most high-risk work environments,” he said.
“This grant will enable us to focus on the delivery of proactive early intervention programs and support services in a pilot that targets those most in need and hardest to reach, the small operators and owner drivers.”
NHVR CEO, Sal Petroccitto, said the funding was part of $5.4 million being distributed across the country.
“Heavy vehicle safety is everyone’s responsibility and through local safety programs we can make our roads safer for all road users,” Mr Petroccitto said.
“Twenty-four 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.
“The NHVR is looking forward to working with the winning bids to ensure the projects deliver safety outcomes for all road users.”
For more information on the 2019-20 Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative visit www.nhvr.gov.au/hvsi
OzHelp Foundation | Rebecca McHarg | 0419 278 329
NHVR | Andrew Berkman | 0429 128 637