After a limited trial involving select carriers, all operators using the Performance Based Standards (PBS) 2B scheme can now apply to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator for an access permit for the transportation of containers in and out of the port. Currently, approved trucks and their combinations can only utilise select PBS road networks.
We believe the use of the PBS scheme has proven to be highly effective in improving efficiencies in the freight supply chain for our members.
With planning now underway for the next stage of the trial, RFNSW will be holding talks with Roads and Maritime Services (RMS), Transport for NSW, NSW Ports and other industry stakeholders at a meeting at Port Botany on Wednesday 6 September.
RFNSW and WARTA join forces
Last week, RFNSW joined forces with its interstate counterpart, the Western Australian Road Transport Association (WARTA) in a renewed fight against unjustified landside surcharges imposed by stevedores at ports across the country.
I met with WARTA Executive Officer Cam Dumesny last week, and we observed freight movements in and out of the Port Botany terminals, seeking feedback from carriers about the impact the new levies were having on their day to day operations.
When asked by the media about our collective associations’ views, I told them:
“In NSW and WA, truck operators, particularly the smaller, family-run businesses, are hurting. Accordingly, RFNSW and WARTA will make a joint submission to the ACCC, again calling for an investigation and independent umpire to review any financial charges.”