DP World gets good news on dual-run trucks

ACCC gives DP World and Patrick authorisation to favour dual-run trucks visiting Fremantle port

By Rob McKay | November 12, 2010

DP World received a little good news amid the tough times at Port Botany, with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) giving it and Patrick authorisation over five years to favour dual-run trucks visiting Fremantle port.

The ACCC received support for the plan to give preferential treatment to trucks delivering and receiving cargo in a single trip to the port from almost all quarters when it sought industry comment on the idea.

It was a government and industry initiative, aimed at tackling congestion.

"The ACCC considers that the proposed arrangement is likely to improve efficiency at the Port through reducing the number of trucks required to move the same volume of containers. Reducing truck numbers will also improve community amenity around the Port and provide environmental benefits," ACCC chairman Graeme Samuel says.

Samuel confirmed the arrangement did not involve DP World and Patrick reaching agreement on the price or number of the slots they make available at their terminals for truck booking.

"These will continue to be decided individually," he says.

"For these reasons, the ACCC considers that there are limited public detriments that may arise from the proposed arrangements."

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