Update of Boarder Controls (NSW and SA)
(courtesy of VTA)
While the transport industry has been spared many of the restrictions so many other business sectors are having to endure, we are now feeling the brunt of the continual increase of COVID-19 cases that are stemming within Victoria.
Due to the increase in COVID cases in Victoria, neighbouring states have decided to increase their controls of travel from Victoria into New South Wales and South Australia.
The interstate trucks that drive across these two borders each day and night are approximately 15,000 one way.
The average tonnage carried is in excess of 650,000 Tonne per day connecting to thousands of supply chain connections
While the transport and freight industry has been softly affected in Border crossings there are now new restrictions that will create enormous issues and stress for individual companies that need to service customers in other states.
As from today 29th July 2020 all drivers will need to include in their cross-border documentation, that include individual permits and COVID Safety Plans into New South Wales and South Australia, valid evidence of having a COVID-19 test within the past 7 days.
These directives are in direct contravention to health orders in Victoria from the Department of Health and Human Services.
In Victoria, we are directed to have a COVID-19 test only if we have specific symptoms or feel unwell.
We must then quarantine until the results are provided within 3-5 days.
Also, we are not given any written or electronic receipt of the test.
If we were able to get a COVID-19 test every 7 days we would be in breach of Victorian directives if we did not quarantine after testing.
The contradictions are obvious and the VTA has raised this issue as a matter of urgency with the Victorian Ports and Freight Minister, the NSW Roads Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister.
We are looking to have these directives altered to enable border crossings to be workable and still maintain individual safety.
Please refer to the original directives from the respective states: