Efficient road connections to and from ports and intermodal terminals are vital to the efficient movement of freight and essential to be able to cater for the growing NSW freight task.

NSW Ports seeks to actively facilitate improvements in the performance of road operations for the benefit of all port users.

While increased use of freight rail will assist in managing the growth in truck volumes, roads will continue to be the primary means of moving freight to and from ports. It is therefore essential that efficient road connections are available to ports and intermodal terminals.

Even with significant growth in containers moved by rail, trucks will remain the primary means of moving containers to and from Port Botany over the next 30 years. Managing the growth in truck numbers will be important to limit congestion at Port Botany and to limit impacts on the local community. Port truck traffic is, and will remain, a small component of the overall traffic volumes on Sydney’s roads.

Port Road Operations

Standard road rules apply for all roads at all port locations. Penalties apply for traffic related offences; enforced by NSW Police, the RMS and Councils.

Compliance and Enforcement Provisions

A number of compliance and enforcement provisions were introduced in September 2005 with the enactment of the Road Transport (General) Act 2005. This legislation has been introduced to improve and support the heavy vehicle and road transport industries. It recognises that the actions, inactions and demands of off-the-road parties in the supply chain can have a huge impact on heavy vehicle safety. The RMS advocates a level playing field for industry by making it more difficult for those operating outside the law to gain a competitive advantage.

New Weight Management Processes at Port Botany

From June 2012, specific processes for the management of overweight container trucks started operating in the Port Botany precinct. This will affect all trucks entering the terminals to collect import containers.

Download the Industry Guidelines that will assist the new processes. It must be noted that prevention of overweight vehicles on public roads is already enforceable under applicable NSW road transport laws that relate to mass requirements and the legal transport of goods by road. However, these new processes will assist transport carriers to better manage heavy or unevenly loaded import containers and improve industry compliance.

For more information on the Guidelines please contact the RMS.

Port Kembla Road

Port Kembla has excellent road and rail corridors that allow the efficient exchange of cargo between land and sea for delivery to their destination. The port is located away from residential areas and incompatible developments, which allows the port to operate on a 24 hour, 7 day a week basis.

The productivity and competitiveness of export producers and importers is influenced by the timely and efficient delivery of their products to and from the Port. Road and rail infrastructure is the key mechanism for moving these products to and from Port Kembla. Additional transport costs impact the overall cost of products exported via Port Kembla, making Australian products less competitive in the global trade market.

Port Kembla is well connected to the export regions of NSW and is supported by high productivity vehicle routes connecting to the Port. This benefits exporters by maximising the volume of product carried on each truck, which also benefits road users by reducing the number of trucks required to transport product volumes and providing better environmental outcomes.


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