WA minister reminds councils on curfew exemptions


Message on essential goods and services to supermarkets reinforced

WA minister reminds councils on curfew exemptions
The FLCWA follow-up meeting

 

Western Australian transport minister Rita Saffioti has loosened a shot across the bows of state local governments over truck curfews.

The Saffioti move follows a meeting with the Freight and Logistics Council of WA (FLCWA) last week and a follow-up meeting this week to identify supply and freight movement challenges in the state, given the situation on the east coast, as well as practical measures that could help alleviate these issues.

One issue raised was curfews on the times vehicles can deliver to supermarkets.

Saffioti approved planning changes under the State of Emergency in 2020 to provide exemptions to vehicle operating hours to allow the supply of essential goods and services to supermarkets 24/7.


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It is understood some local governments may not have been operating under these rules.

"We know many Western Australians are concerned about the impact the pandemic is having on freight and supply chains, particularly with what is happening on the east coast," Saffioti said.

"Ensuring trucks can move and deliver items to shopping centres will assist with the smooth flow of essential products and ensure our supermarkets remain stocked.

"I know people are anxious, but there is no need to buy any more goods than you normally would. We will continue to engage with industry and stakeholders on our supply chains.

"In 2020 when the effects of Covid were beginning to be felt, we made changes to planning and development regulations to ensure the continuation of essential public services in a State of Emergency.

"One of these changes included removing curfews on the times vehicles could make deliveries to supermarkets.

"Local governments are aware that this policy is still in effect and trucks can deliver essential goods to stores 24/7, meaning we can keep our shelves stocked and provide essentials.

"We are examining a range of other measures to ensure we keep trucks and freight running and essential supplies available."

The Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) will reiterate and communicate this policy to local governments, with vehicles able to arrive, load and unload at supermarkets 24/7, which will assist in keeping shelves stocked, she noted.

The state government will continue to work with industry and key stakeholders, with further meetings planned.

 

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