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Have your say on proposed changes to booking slots at Port Botany

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Transport for NSW (TfNSW) wants to hear from truckies and operators about the proposed change to the Port Botany Landside Operations Mandatory Standards (the Mandatory Standards) truck time zones.

Currently, time zones at the three stevedores start on the hour for booked slots. The proposed change will allow time zones for truck booking slots to start every half hour.

The slots would continue to be one hour in length and overlap with adjacent time zones.

The proposed change aims to spread out truck arrivals and reduce queuing at the start of each time zone.

The proposed change to time zones was requested to support terminal and landside efficiency, and the Mandatory Standards require changes to accommodate this while retaining other arrangements.

As part of the proposed change, stevedores would be able to continue to release slots on the hour as per current practice, or have slots start every half hour.

For truck operators there would be no change to the total time allowed for trucks to arrive, or any other arrangements related to bookings provided under the Mandatory Standards such as manifesting together two bookings in adjacent time zones.

This proposed change is being considered outside of the current Independent Review of the Ports and Maritime Administration Act 1995(the Act) and Port Botany Landslide Improvement Strategy to support more immediate implementation to improve efficiency and to facilitate the infrastructure work being planned and constructed in the Port precinct, said TfNSW.

Further details of the proposed change to the Mandatory Standards and frequently asked questions can be viewed here.

There are two virtual consultations, the first on May 17, from 1-2pm, followed by a second session on May 20, from 3-4pm. Click on the links to register your interest in taking part.

Written submissions on the proposed changes will be received until Friday, May 27, and can be emailed to freight@transport.nsw.com.au.

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