The NSW Heavy Vehicle Access Policy Framework released last week has gained support by the Australian Logistics Council (ALC).
In a recent statement the ALC said it welcomed what is sees as a positive step towards enhancing the efficiency and safety of freight movement on the state’s road network.
Lachlan Benson, ALC Interim CEO said the approach set out in the NSW Freight & Port Plan 2018-2023 would make it easier for the NSW road network to accommodate modern, safer Performance-Based-Standards (PBS) vehicles so that more freight could be carried to further reduce congestive pressures around key freight facilities such as Port Botany and the Cooks River Intermodal Terminal.
“This Framework will benefit freight logistics operators by providing clarity on the NSW Government’s approach, which will help them to make prudent long-term investment decisions with respect to PBS vehicles,” said Benson.
“Similarly, an approach that allows access on a network basis will help to reduce the regulatory burden and frustration faced by many operators day-to-day when dealing with a sometimes cumbersome an inconsistent permit-based-approach.”
The Federal Government’s National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy for the next 20 years, according to Benson will accommodate vehicles that permit higher productivity to help meet the rapidly growing freight task.
He said the vision set out by NSW would make a significant contribution to national supply chain efficiency and safety.
“Freight does not stop at state borders,” Benson said.
“As work on the National Strategy continues, ALC hopes that other jurisdictions will take a similarly forward-looking approach when reviewing their own access regimes, so that Australia can benefit from greater national consistency in this critical area.”