Albanese weighs in on access surcharges
Albanese is concerned about the impact on smaller trucking rms
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”