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PBS port access improves in NSW

  • Posted on Wednesday 13th, September 2017.

The NSW road network is now extended for more Performance Based Standards (PBS) Level 2B container operators to apply for access permits to transport containers in and out of Port Botany.

The latest access expansions follows a decision in Victoria to widen access to the state’s arterial road network to high productivity 30m A-double and Super B-double combinations.

NSW Ports, who have been advocating for this change on behalf of the port stakeholders for over 3 years, convened a meeting last week with port operators, including VISA Global Logistics, Qube, ACFS along with Transport for NSW, Roadfreight NSW with RMS briefing the meeting on the updates to the scheme.

According to Simon Hardwidge, Managing Director of VISA Global Logistics, the decision marks a "watershed moment" for Sydney.

"The decision is a fundamental change to the policy," Hardwidge told Trailer Magazine.

"The majority of containers coming in and out of the port are 40-foot containers, so they previously needed a single trailer each, but now we can carry two 40-foot containers in and out of Port Botany."

NSW Ports Logistics Manager, Adem Long, said that until now, only two transport carriers could run these combinations at the port, but now more operators can apply to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR).

"As outlined in our 30 Year Master Plan, increasing the mode share to rail is a major focus for our port," said Long.

"But at the same time, road will still be the dominant means of transport to and from the port therefore we need to continue to focus on optimising road transport with the safest and most efficient equipment available , and the smartest way is using High Productivity Freight Vehicles."

Long said that expanding the PBS access to additional operators has been a long process that has now seen movement thanks to the support of current NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Melinda Pavey.

Long added that the maximum allowable Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) in part of the port has increased to 109 tonnes, while the other section remains at 72.5 tonnes – something Long would like to see addressed.

Roadfreight NSW says the use of the PBS scheme has proven to be highly effective in improving efficiencies in the freight supply chain for its members.

“We are pleased that the trial is allowing PBS 2B carriers transporting containers in and out of the port to achieve higher levels of productivity, whilst adhering to stringent safety and infrastructure standards,” O’Hara said.

“Roadfreight NSW has over 65 per cent of members at Port Botany landside operations, which is why we now need to advocate on their behalf for modifications to the trial. These include examination of weights; extending access arrangements and hours of operations for PBS 2B vehicles to and from Port Botany and expanding PBS 2B access on the Sydney road network.”

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