TRUCKIES WELCOME CALLS TO END PORT CHARGES

Media Release: Sydney, Australia. 15 March, 2019.

TRUCKIES WELCOME CALLS TO END PORT CHARGES

Peak body Road Freight NSW (RFNSW) has welcomed calls from NSW One Nation to work on ending "unfair port charges" being imposed on local truckies by stevedores.

NSW One Nation said today if elected to Parliament at the upcoming election, it "will do everything it can to get a better deal for our trucking industry and the great people working in it."

Commenting on a series of increases in so-called infrastructure surcharges for all laden containers in and out of Port Botany, NSW One Nation said: "This is clearly an example of price gouging, with truckies being slugged financially simply for presenting their vehicle at the port.

"It's time multi-national stevedoring companies stopped using Aussie truckies as ATMs.

"Truckies deserve a break from escalating port surcharges. So why won't the Government act?

"Port charges have risen by 89%, without justification, without consultation. This is hurting the competitiveness of our exports, costing NSW jobs and income

"Multi-national stevedore companies must end the practice of outrageous port surcharges being imposed on NSW truckies."

RFNSW Chief Executive, Simon O'Hara, said today: "These unjust surcharges are hurting truck operators, many of whom are small, family-run businesses. And it will start hurting consumers, once the charges are passed through the supply chain and they start paying more for their everyday goods.

"Despite RFNSW's repeated calls for an Inquiry, there's still been no intervention from Government or regulators. It's time that an independent arbiter is called-in to regulate infrastructure and other landside charges - and stop stevedores running roughshod over truckies just to boost their own revenue streams."

ABOUT ROAD FREIGHT NSW

Road Freight NSW began as RTA in 1893. The organisation has developed to become a respected advocate for trucking operators, as a conduit to government, regulators and enforcement agencies. In 2015 the new name, Road Freight NSW, articulates our independent and authoritative viewpoint thanks to our respected executive leadership and the passion and expertise of members contributing to the Policy Council.

RFNSW media contact: 0411 254 390

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Road Freight NSW contact details

56 Fitzroy Street Marrickville NSW 2204

Tel: (02) 9557 1205

info@rfnsw.com.au

www.roadfreightnsw.com.au

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