RFNSW lauds Port Botany access improvements

Select container haulers eligible to operate at concessional mass limits

RFNSW lauds Port Botany access improvements
Simon O'Hara


New notices designed to improve access for heavy vehicles transporting freight containers to and from Sydney’s Port Botany have been welcomed by the state’s road freight body.

Road Freight NSW (RFNSW) says it worked with Transport for NSW (TfNSW) to develop the draft NSW Class 3 Port Botany Container Movement Efficiency Notice, aimed at improving safe, efficient and compliant movement of containers while increasing the ability for road managers to make improved access and road infrastructure investment decisions.

Under the draft notice, eligible heavy vehicles designed to carry shipping containers will be able to operate at axle group masses consistent with concessional mass limits (CML) when fitted with appropriate vehicle safety equipment and telematics monitoring.

The notice will cover the movement of containers in the greater Sydney area.

"RFNSW thanks Transport for NSW, Roads and Maritime Services, NSW Ports and our other key stakeholders for recognising that load distribution within containers may be unpredictable for carriers," RFNSW CEO Simon O’Hara says.

"The Notice is welcome news for our members using the port and will drive higher levels of compliance and opportunities for greater productivity as part of their day to day operations, whilst adhering to stringent safety and infrastructure management standards on the roads."

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TfNSW freight director Susie Mackay says the notice will be effective on NSW state roads within the greater Sydney area in September 2019, and the road manager consent process will also begin with relevant Local Councils during September 2019.

"TfNSW have been pleased to work with industry to improve the safe, efficient and compliant movement of containers in the critical greater Sydney area while reducing administrative burden on transport operators," she says.

Prior engagement has led to the implementation of the NSW Class 3 Port Botany Platform Container Exemption Notice, introduced on 17 December 2018, and the NSW Class 3 Port Botany Container Transportation Mass Exemption Notice, introduced on 11 June 2019.


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