NSW Ports has issued a port operator notice to all heavy vehicle operators using port roads at Port Botany following high demand for empty container de-hire at Empty Container Parks (ECPs) in Sydney.
The notice sets out reasonable and practicable steps within NSW Ports’ control, effective 12AM Wednesday 13 January 2021.
These arrangements are reported to be temporary and will continue until further notice:
NSW Ports has designated specific areas on port roads for use by truck drivers in which they can stop/queue and thereby rank while seeking to access specific ECPs.
NSW Ports will put in place signage and line markings to clearly identify the specific truck queuing areas.
Any truck which cannot physically queue entirely within the specific area designated for that ECP will be directed to leave the port precinct immediately.
If a truck driver fails to follow the lawful direction to leave the port precinct immediately, enforcement action will be taken against the truck driver and/or owner of the truck/trailer.
This high demand, NSW Ports claims, has at times resulted in lengthy truck queues and ranks outside of the ECPs and onto port roads.
“On a nearly daily basis, both Simblist and Friendship roads have accommodated truck queues and at times these ranks have not only caused serious congestion but have also created potential safety issues which must be addressed,” NSW Ports said in a statement.
“Despite requests by NSW Ports to ECPs to manage the throughput and demand for empty container de-hire trucks, the size of the truck queues for some ECPs has on days become excessive, which is not only creating hazardous traffic management conditions, but is also impacting on the safe and productive operations of other tenants in Port Botany.
“While the management of truck queues is the responsibility of the ECP operator, NSW Ports has decided to take action to address this issue by introducing additional temporary dedicated truck queuing areas where it is safe to do so.”