The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has allowed Holcim (Australia) Pty Ltd to continue to operate its concrete cartage allocation system.
The system assigns Holcim affiliated owner-driver concrete trucks to delivery jobs from Holcim’s concrete production plants in Perth.
The system ensures that no individual truck receives more or less work than Holcim’s Perth fleet average (within five per cent).
The ACCC has authorised the concrete cartage allocation system since 2003.
“The allocation system provides a transparent mechanism for allocating concrete delivery jobs to Holcim’s trucks,” ACCC Commissioner Dr Jill Walker said.
“The system has been in place for ten years and has improved the reliability and efficiency of Holcim’s pre-mixed concrete services.”
The ACCC grants authorisation until 31 March 2019, as requested by Holcim.
Authorisation provides statutory protection from court action for conduct that might otherwise raise concerns under the competition provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.
Broadly, the ACCC may grant an authorisation when it is satisfied that the public benefit from the conduct outweighs any public detriment.