CCBR Business Review

9 ACROSS THE VARIOUS business sectors in the economy COVID-19 is good for some and bad for others along with those in between but for the trucking sector gener- ally business is down and by as much as 30% on last year. On top of that tolls continue to add to the cost of road transport and with NorthConnex opening up soon heavy vehicles will be barred from using toll free Pennant Hills Road and forced to use the NorthConnex at a cost of $23.73 each way and $7.91 for cars. What is not mentioned is the timing of increases which for heavy vehicle is every 3 months vs annually for cars - and this compounds. For Coastal Transport Services which is based at Warnervale and with a terminal at Wetherill Park in Western Sydney the toll from terminal to terminal will be $60.45. Ray Graetz Managing Director and Owner of Coastal Transport Services said that COVID-19 has been challenging. “Our first consideration was the safety of our driv- ers and the rest of our team. Our General Manager, Lisa Lord and her team com- municated with our drivers personally to ensure they understood our customers’ requirements and each driver and truck were provided with appropriate sanitisers and followed a ‘one truck one driver” rule to mini- mise the chance of transmission of the virus thus ensuring a safe working environment.” Mr Graetz said that business has been patchy although, initially there had been a spike in business supplying essential items including large numbers of loads of toilet paper. “While business is down on the same time last year work from the infrastructure and manufacturing sector is consistent,”he said. Coastal Transport Services operates a fleet of 32 trucks and 91 trailers and around 30 subcontractors, with a depot at Wetherill Park servicing Sydney, Canberra, Central Coast, Newcastle and regional NSW. “We have continued to offer the same reliable service to our clients during this crisis. While I have been rehabilitating fol- lowing major surgery the Management Team led by Lisa Lord has stepped up to the plate to provide efficiency and safety in our operations. Lisa has a strong history in accountancy and management and has shown great commercial instincts together with a strong concentration on safety in the workplace. The whole team is to be congratulated on their performance in very trying conditions”. Commenting on the opening of NorthConnex and Sydney’s extensive sys- we are open and here for our community If your regular dentist is temporarily closed and you need an emergency appointment, we will treat you. No surcharges for new patients or weekend appointments. including until 8pm Tuesdays OPEN 7 DAYS 40 YEARS LOCAL Zip Pay and Zip Money payment plans. We bulk bill the Medicare Child Dental Benefits Schedule. Super Care finance services. 02 4323 1933 | Suite 10, 36-40 Victoria Street, East Gosford NSW 2250 | On-site car parking ONLINE BOOKING AVAILABLE COVID and tolls make it tough for truckers tem of toll roads, Mr Graetz said that the heavy vehicle industry is being well and truly slugged as they are seen as a problem. “Road transport in Australia is the basis of our economy but governments see us as an easy taxing source,” he said. The road transport industry is highly competitive and there are some opera- tors who think they can absorb the toll costs. All they do is make it more difficult for those operators who strive to maintain strong safety systems.” BendigoandAdelaideBankLimitedABN11068049178AustralianCredit Licence 237879. A1363473 JN2700 28/7/20 20 years supporting our community For all your business and personal banking needs. East Gosford 4323 4559 Lisarow 4328 5472 Kincumber 4363 2133 Community Bank Branches B U S I N E S S N E W S Coastal Transport Services General Manager, Lisa Lord with Managing Director, Ray Greatz One of Coastal Transport Services fleet of trucks CENTRAL COAST BUSINESS REVIEW AUGUST 2020