Hauliers frustrated with Auckland queues

Industry Database

Frustration with mounting truck queues at Ports of Auckland (PoAL) has led to National Road Carriers chief executive David Aitken proposing that hauliers need to raise charges to cover lengthy delay costs.

Mr Aitken said issues with congestion and queue jumping by some trucking firms had worsened at the container terminal following PoAL’s move to progressively introduce automated straddle carriers since late 2016.

With delays of up to three hours being reported - for trucks understood to cost about NZ$150 per hour to run - Mr Aitken said “the time is coming when the industry as a whole may agree to charge for waiting time which will add to costs for end consumers”.

However, a competition lawyer has countered that such practice could be deemed price fixing.

The issue came to a head during the busy Festive Season, when PoAL head of communications Matt Ball noted there had been “some unusual delays due to high volumes, late ships and less operating space”.

Nonetheless, at that time, Mr Ball also noted 91% of trucks were still being turned around in less than half an hour and 99.65% within an hour.

However, approached again this week, Mr Aitken remained steadfast the problem was an ongoing and serious one.

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