The rumour mill has been circulating about that trucks are about to be stopped from entering Queensland at the border if they come from a declared hot spot. THAT IS NOT RIGHT NOR AT ANY STAGE BEEN CONSIDERED.
QTA is in regular contact with the Chief Health Officer. Yes, there is always a continuing assessment of risk with COVID-19 and the recent addition of Liverpool and Campbelltown in NSW reflects that.
We have continued to experience a commonsense approach from Government and you can be assured that if anything changes you will be the first to know. The industry has done a marvellous job over the last 4 months and and your commitment to hygiene controls has helped enormously with reassurance about risk in the supply chain. I would highly recommend that you put all your drivers through the Free COVID-19 Hygiene Awareness Course to add to your COVID-19 safe plan protocols.
With the increase of hotspots in NSW and all of Victoria now being a hotspot, fleets would be well advised to introduce a regular testing regime for drivers and other staff as a part of your COVID Plans. Again, this will add an additional layer of protection. This will require a coordinated approach with the application for the Border Declaration Pass.
QTA has continued to express our frustration with the continuing delays at borders with the new checking procedures and we would expect some improvement soon.
THE BORDER REQUIREMENTS FOR QUEENSLAND CONTINUE TO REMAIN THE SAME.