A clean start for freight

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS -

IN­DUS­TRY insiders say a state-of-the-art truck and trailer com­bi­na­tion could po­si­tion Fre­man­tle Port as the Aus­tralian leader in main­tain­ing ef­fi­cient freight con­nec­tions with min­i­mal com­mu­nity im­pact.

The low-noise, low-emis­sion com­bi­na­tion – com­pris­ing a Sca­nia prime mover and trail­ers built by Bi­bra Lake-based man­u­fac­turer Howard Porter – was put on dis­play for Fre­man­tle Mayor Brad Pet­titt and Melville Mayor George Gear last month.

West­ern Roads Fed­er­a­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Cam Dumesny said the ve­hi­cle was “far safer” and had the po­ten­tial

to re­duce truck move­ments by up to 20 per­cent due to its higher pro­duc­tiv­ity.

“It meets the Euro 6 emis­sion stan­dards. which means it pro­duces up to 95 per cent less ni­tro­gen ox­ide

and 97 per cent less par­tic­u­late mat­ter emis­sions than some of the older trucks still on our roads,” Mr Dumesny said.

In June, Mr Pet­titt and Mr Gear joined East Fre­man­tle

Mayor Jim O’Neill in call­ing for a “clean freight initiative” in­clud­ing cap­ping freight vol­umes and plac­ing stricter con­trols on the types of trucks al­lowed to trans­port freight.

West­ern Roads Fed­er­a­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Cam Dumesny (left) with Melville Mayor George Gear, Fre­man­tle Mayor Brad Pet­titt, Warn­ers Trans­port's Ge­off Un­der­down, Sca­nia’s Dean Hansen and Howard Porter's Jar­rad Day.

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