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NSW Nationals to improve flight operator safety

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The Nationals are funding a new freight safety program

The Nationals for regional New South Wales are continuing to improve the productivity and safety of heavy vehicle routes by investing in 28 projects aimed at helping freight operator safety.

The projects total $65.2 million and come under the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.

For the first time, changes to the current program guidelines mean rural and regional projects could apply for funding to cover up to 80 per cent of the total project cost.

In this boost for NSW’s regions, deputy PM Barnaby Joyce says it’s critical to support the safety and efficiency of heavy vehicles travelling on the state’s regional roads.

"These projects aim to reduce road accidents involving heavy vehicles by targeting driver fatigue and making our roads more efficient for freight operators," he says.

"The coalition is investing more in regional roads than ever before as part of our record $120 billion, 10-year infrastructure investment program."

Joyce says the investments are made possible by the coalition’s strong economic management.

By boosting freight operator safety on key regional routes through NSW, Joyce says the project is part of his party’s commitment to improving road safety.

In government, the Nationals 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 headlining its emphasis on freight and road safety.

The Nationals say the funding will help curb driver fatigue

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