Time to crank up port reform

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Reform of our ports is on the agenda once again and NatRoad has called out the issue of soaring fines on truck operators to a New South Wales Government review.

NatRoad says that a national re-examination of the way ports operate is needed. We strongly advocate the use of incentives rather than penalties to deal with landside inefficiencies.

Lower port charges for High Productivity Vehicles is more sensible than hitting them with a ‘long vehicle’ fee. Access to and from ports needs a fresh approach.

A report into Victoria’s ports that was issued earlier this month was disappointingly light on substance and we are hopeful a pending Productivity Commission report, due in draft this month, will shine a light on much-needed reforms.