9 June 2017 | AFCA receives funding for delivering safety initiative

The Australian Forest Contractors Association (AFCA) has welcomed NHVR support for AFCA’s National Forestry Logistics Safety Program (NFLSP) to deliver safer roads as part of the next round of Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative program.

The Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative called for implementable, value-for-money initiatives that deliver significant heavy vehicle safety benefits. Stacey Gardiner, AFCA’s General Manager said “the initiative was one of 12 programs approved for a share of the AU$3.9 million funding by the NHVR, supported by the Federal Government”.

The forest industry has been working collaboratively on forestry specific haulage challenges such as load restraint and managing truck rollover using static rollover threshold. The findings of this research inform how our industry complies with the Heavy Vehicle National Law.

Stacey Gardiner added “the NFLSP will be delivered via a series of free regional forestry workshops across Australia specifically targeting Forestry Contracting Businesses and transport operators and loaders”. The workshops provide an opportunity to hear about the testing and evaluation of recent research and consider how it can apply to individual businesses and industry more broadly.

AFCA is pleased to be partnered with Engistics who have had led the evaluation of log load restraint methods and they will be assisting in developing the content and delivery of the workshops. Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said all 12 programs would provide road safety benefits.

For more information on funded programs visit www.nhvr.gov.au/hvsi