BUS DRIVER RESILIENCE SAFETY GRANT: TRANSIT SYSTEMS

By: Fabian Cotter, Photography by: courtesy Transit Systems


TRANSIT SYSTEMS bus drivers are to receive heavy-vehicle safety support thanks to the operator’s allotment from a $5.5 million federal government-backed grant issued via the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR), it was announced recently.

BUS DRIVER RESILIENCE SAFETY GRANT: TRANSIT SYSTEMS
“Twenty-six recipients from across Australia will be supported to roll out programs targeting heavy vehicle safety," said NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto.

Known as the Driver Resilience Training Program, Transit Systems bus drivers Australia wide will have access to the scheme that is part of the NHVR’s 2020 Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative.

SeaLink Travel Group CEO Clint Feuerherdt, which owns Transit Systems, says the funding would help support the organisation to further improve heavy vehicle safety.

"Safety is our number-one priority as Australia’s largest multi-modal land and marine transport company; it’s a responsibility we address and incorporate in our operations every single day," Feuerherdt explained.

"Our drivers are on the roads, connecting our community each and every day – and it’s not just about how well they drive, it’s factoring in other drivers, or challenging conditions.

"We are proud to deliver this additional training program to our team, and with a network of 3,500 buses and 114 ferries we know that the information and skills will be a great asset to our teams, and the communities we service," he said.

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THE WINNING BIDS

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto says the funding was part of $5.5 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," Petroccitto said.

"Twenty-six recipients from across Australia will be supported to roll out programs targeting heavy vehicle safety.

"From road safety education to truckie physical and mental health, to the investigation of braking technologies, tyres and pavement wear, 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 visit www.nhvr.gov.au/hvsi

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ABOUT SEALINK

SeaLink is Australia’s largest integrated land and marine, tourism and public transport service provider with established international operations in London and Singapore, it explains.

It is one of Australia’s most experienced and diverse multi-modal transport businesses, boasting performance-driven capabilities across ferry, bus and light rail, it adds.

SeaLink is made up of Australian marine and tourism operations and Transit Systems’ domestic and international public bus and light rail transport operations, it states.

SeaLink moves more than 285 million customers per year, has in excess of 8,840 employees and operates approximately 3,500 buses and 114 ferries, it confirms.

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