The Nationals in Government are continuing to improve the productivity and safety of heavy vehicle routes, with new investments in 28 projects totalling $56.2 million under the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.
In a boost for our regions, changes to program guidelines meant rural and regional projects could apply for funding to cover up to 80% of the total project cost for the first time.
Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said supporting the safety and efficiency of heavy vehicles travelling on our roads was critical.
“These projects aim to reduce road accidents involving heavy vehicles by targeting driver fatigue and making our roads more efficient for freight operators,” Mr Joyce said.
“The Coalition is investing more in regional roads than ever before as part of our record $120 billion ten-year infrastructure investment program.
“These investments are made possible by the Coalition’s strong economic management.”
The Nationals in Government are providing more than $650 million through the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program from 2013-14 to 2025-26, with an ongoing commitment of $65 million per year.