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Cross-border discord must now end

More than 12 months have passed since the National Cabinet, created by the Morrison Government to navigate Australia through the COVID-19 pandemic, enacted a cargo movement code for domestic border control in late June 2020.

This Freight Transfer Protocol was ratified on August 7, 2020 to provide some consistency to freight drivers and operators who need to cross state and territory borders on a regular basis to transport goods. Was aimed at.

This well-meaning document requires an uninterrupted supply chain to support our fragile economy and give consumers confidence that they will continue to have access to food, fuels, medicines and other important household items. I realized that.

Although not legally binding, the protocols agreed in all states and territories give operators confidence in COVID settings in various jurisdictions and what drivers need to do their jobs safely. It was an important step to give.

It took into account some differences, but the spirit of the document was that there was a limited variation in the requirements for cross-border travel regarding testing, quarantine, and customer interaction.

Sadly, this document is not worth the treatise written by states and territories effectively doing it alone and establishing cross-border rules and regulations that are unaware of freight transfer protocols. It’s clear enough.

The result is discrepancies between jurisdictions, creating confusion and anxiety among operators and drivers who just want to serve their customers and communities safely, competently and efficiently.

The freight industry is well-equipped and will work together to petition the Commonwealth for a unified national framework for freight movement, with a particular focus on the COVID-19 inspection requirements of professional linehole drivers. I am.

COVID-19’s current testing regime for all interstate heavy vehicle drivers differs from the two-day, three-day, and weekly test cycles.

Weekly test cycles can be met within the industry, but less than a week of cycles are difficult to meet due to issues of fatigue management, test locations, and physical intrusion into individuals.

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This is a health risk. In order to fulfill all obligations while leaving the VTA intact, NatRoad, Queensland Trucking Association, Tasmanian Transport Association, NT Road Transport Association and Western Roads Federation have appealed to change the current testing regime to include high-speed types. Approved. Test and provide the same level of COVID security.

Our suggestion is that interstate highway drivers are tested every few days using test types such as the Ellume process and take a standard COVID test weekly in a registered test lab.

This means that drivers can perform self-tests throughout the week and check for virus clearance to make sure they are not infected by others. Accessible, reliable, and fast diagnostics are essential for COVID-19 responses.

Rapid testing ensures results in less than 15 minutes, reduces personal invasion, controls outbreaks and community infections, and reduces pressure on the medical system.

We have requested the federal government to grant the TGA an exemption from rapid testing to specifically include the interstate highway driver sector under certain conditions.

Rather than demanding that the process of examination by an accredited pathology laboratory be replaced by a rapid process, it demands that the risks and discomfort associated with meeting current requirements be minimized. It is important to note that

Freight drivers maintain a social license to continue working despite the invasive testing requirements that cause anxiety and distress for many.

They deserve a better testing system that respects physical and mental health and well-being while keeping the community safe from traffic-related outbreaks. As immunization rates continue to rise, exposure to blockages and turmoil at border crossings will diminish.

However, as new viruses emerge, there is an urgent need for a truly unified national framework for states and territories in order for the supply chain to continue to function. VTA will continue to advocate this important achievement on behalf of its members and industry.

Peter Anderson


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