NatRoad welcomes the announcement by Transport for NSW that the NSW Government is looking to establish freight-friendly, freight-only COVID-19 testing pop-up locations along key interstate freight routes. This announcement comes after calls from NatRoad that current testing facilities were not adequate for truck drivers, causing unnecessary delays and administrative burden to members.
To inform the NSW Government as to the best possible locations for the sites, the expected usage of the sites, and get the testing sites up-and-running as soon as possible, members are invited to give feedback via a short questionnaire.
NatRoad is encouraging members transporting freight into and around NSW to get involved and have their say.
Transport for NSW Testing Site Questionnaire (Closes midnight, Monday 17 August 2020)
NatRoad has again called on the Federal and State/Territory Governments to standardise cross border requirements to ease the confusion and the additional administrative burden that has been placed on operators in complying with each state/territory’s requirements. In addition, NatRoad is advocating that the cost of testing must not be borne by the industry, especially as increased costs have already been incurred in obtaining and supplying personal protective equipment to drivers.
For more information, NatRoad members are invited to call the NatRoad Member Services Team on 1800 272 144 (8.30am – 5pm AEST, Mon-Fri).