NSW freight access to test RMS: annual report

CEO notes priority to tackle road congestion, improve freight movement and build infrastructure and says initiatives are in place

By Sean Muir | November 22, 2012

The first Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) annual report has listed access for higher productivity vehicles as a major challenge facing New South Wales.

The RMS report, tabled in NSW Parliament yesterday, says RMS needs a collaborative model to improve access for higher productivity vehicles.

RMS Chief Executive Peter Duncan says RMS has a responsibility to reduce road congestion, improve freight movement and build infrastructure.

"We have a number of initiatives in place to achieve these tasks," Duncan says.

The RMS report shows the body has already spent about $1.5 billion on transport infrastructure and development, and $1.5 billion on integrated transport planning and management between November 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012.

About $427 million was spent on integrated transport service delivery.

Traffic on NSW roads increased .05 percent from 2011-2012 to 2010-2011, while there were 6.7 fatal crashes per every 10,000 heavy vehicles on register in 2011-2012, compared to just 4.3 fatal crashes per 10,000 vehicles in 2010-2011.

The report also shows there were 106,104 heavy vehicle inspections, with only 52.5 percent of vehicles reported as defect free.

RMS generated more than $3.5 billion in revenue between November 2011 and June 2012.

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