Al­banese weighs in on ac­cess sur­charges

Al­banese is con­cerned about the im­pact on smaller truck­ing rms

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spokesman An­thony Al­banese has made plain his con­cern over the threat­ened pro­lif­er­a­tion of ter­mi­nal ac­cess charges and their im­pact on smaller truck­ing fi rms es­pe­cially.

Al­banese’s com­ments come af­ter fed­eral trans­port min­is­ter Dar­ren Ch­ester and New South Wales freight min­is­ter Melinda Pavey re­fused to rate haulage and sup­ply chain con­cerns about sur­charges on third party and non- con­tracted stake­hold­ers.

“I am con­cerned about the ef­fect these charges will have on small truck­ing op­er­a­tors, given many are fam­ily run and op­er­ate on very tight mar­gins,” Al­banese tells ATN.

This as­pect was high­lighted by Road Freight NSW in its cam­paign against DP World and Pa­trick ‘ in­fra­struc­ture sur­charges’.

While the fact of the ac­cess sur­charges clearly irk those forced to pay them, they have also been critical of the way they have been in­tro­duced, with the lack of con­sul­ta­tion and dif­fi­cult time­frames a com­mon theme in their crit­i­cism.

These were points Al­banese also took up.

“The ter­mi­nal op­er­a­tors should con­sult the truck­ing in­dus­try prop­erly and work col­lab­o­ra­tively rather than mak­ing uni­lat­eral de­ci­sions,” he says.

NSW op­po­si­tion roads and freight spokesper­son Jodi McKay is on the same page as Al­banese.

McKay has been a critic of her state’s path to port lease pri­vati­sa­tion and its ef­fect on costs and com­pe­ti­tion in the past.

This has mor­phed to­wards ex­am­in­ing the im­pacts of mul­ti­ple pub­lic tolls small truck­ing fi rms will be forced to pay as le­gal sanc­tions put oth­er­wise free routes to Port Botany out of bounds through swinge­ing fi nes.

McKay has been us­ing state par­lia­ment es­ti­mates hear­ings to high­light what she casts as “fee on fee on fee” ei­ther re­lated to or con­tigu­ous with the WestCon­nex pro­ject af­fect­ing truck­ing fi rm bot­tom lines and im­pact­ing gen­eral cost of liv­ing lev­els.

“I am con­cerned about the ef­fect these charges will have on small truck­ing op­er­a­tors”

An­thony Al­banese

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