Case for three trailers
JAYDE Transport manager Ray U’Chong wants limited use of three-trailer road trains, an issue highlighted at a recent public meeting about the proposed Perth Freight Link (PFL).
“What I want is to just run three trailers around the Fremantle port area, between midnight and dawn, for better productivity, better use of equipment and reduced emissions and get more containers off the wharf ready for the morning’s deliveries,” North Fremantle-based Mr U’Chong, who is also chairman of the WA Road Transport Association, said.
He said he didn’t want triple-trailers on other routes, including Curtin Avenue through Cottesloe where trucks are currently limited to a combination of a full 20ft and a full 40ft container, and two empty 40ft containers between the Forrestfield rail hub and the port.
The industry also wants to carry full 40ft containers on the PFL from Forrestfield to the port, which Mr U’Chong said would get trucks and their containers to where they were needed.
“About 15 to 18 years ago, the State Government was talking about places like Malaga and Osborne Park as industrial areas, but they never built their truck routes or container trailer parking,” he said.
A Main Roads WA spokesman said truck lengths and safety issues were being investigated.