The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR), Australian Trucking Association (ATA) and its member associations have called on truck drivers to take a proactive approach to protecting themselves and the community to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the heavy vehicle industry continued to play a critical role in supporting the national economy, with the continued spread of the virus reinforcing the importance of everyone playing a role in reducing transmission.
“While wearing a mask is not compulsory in all cases when crossing state borders, health authorities have highlighted the benefits of essential workers wearing a mask, with Queensland’s Chief Health Officer also encouraging freight and logistics operators to implement regular testing protocols,” Mr Petroccitto said.
“We believe it is an important way to reduce risk and reassure the community that the industry is doing the right thing.”
ATA CEO Ben Maguire said that while the industry had more than proven its worth through both the bushfires and ongoing pandemic, it was still important for drivers to lead by example in protecting themselves and the community.
“While the exemptions given to freight movement have been vital to ensuring goods and services are available across the country, it is also important to recognise that we have a responsibility to do what we can to reduce risk,” Mr Maguire said.
“ATA member associations have gone to extraordinary lengths to advocate on behalf of their members, as well as providing information and COVID-19 training.
“For example, QTA CEO Gary Mahon has worked directly with the Queensland Chief Health Officer to achieve practical results that keep the freight moving while also protecting the community.”
For up to date information on border restrictions specific to the transport of freight and logistics, visit www.nhvr.gov.au/coronavirus