Austroads to deliver world first hazard perception test for heavy vehicle drivers

Hazard perception test for heavy vehicle drivers, Austroads, NatRoad, heavy vehicle licensing, road safety,

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In the recent review of the National Heavy Vehicle Competency Framework, Austroads identified hazard perception testing of heavy vehicle licence applicants as a potential method for achieving safety improvements.

Hazard perception is one of the few driving-specific skills consistently found to be associated with crash risk. In many jurisdictions across the world, light vehicle drivers are required to achieve a passing score on a computer-based hazard perception test before being allowed to progress to an unrestricted driver licence. To date, hazard perception tests have not been developed specifically for use in heavy vehicle licensing.

Austroads have commissioned Professor Sharon Newman from the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety to lead a new project to design, develop, and deliver a heavy vehicle hazard perception test for the Australian environment.

See more information about the Austroads project here.