ATA hopes port reforms will deliver for trucking

Port Botany reforms that will eventually introduce paid waiting times begin today to improve landside efficiency

December 6, 2010

The first phase of reforms to the running of Port Botany begins today to improve landside efficiency and ensure trucking operators are paid for waiting times.

Following the recent approval by Ports and Waterways Minister Eric Roozendaal, the Port Botany Landside Improvement Strategy (PBLIS) has been introduced.

Sydney Ports will now begin gathering landside performance information from stevedores and setting a new rail service charge.

PBLIS will be introduced progressively, with paid waiting times to take effect from early next year. Currently only trucking operators are penalised for missing schedules.

The NSW branch of the Australian Trucking Association hopes the changes will lead to faster turnaround times for trucks and a reduction in traffic congestion.

"With trade through Port Botany continuing to grow, we believe the new regulations will reduce delays for truck carriers and significantly improve truck turnaround times in and out of Port Botany," ATA NSW manager Jill Lewis says.

"If stevedores keep truck carriers waiting, then they will be forced to pay for it accordingly.

"This is a long-awaited initiative which will be a step in the right direction for users of Port Botany and indeed, the wider community."

Under paid waiting times, stevedores will need to compensate trucking operators $25 for every 15 minute delay, $100 if a slot is cancelled within two hours of the agreed access time or $50 if the slot is cancelled outside the two-hour timeframe.

Trucking operators will pay $50 for a late arrival and $100 if their trucks do not show up.

The changes were meant to begin in September this year, but were delayed until 2011.

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