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Heavy vehicle operators key to slowing COVID-19 spread

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) along with various association partners have called on truck drivers to take a proactive stance on COVID-19 protection and prevention practices.

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,” said Petroccitto.

“We believe it is an important way to reduce risk and reassure the community that the industry is doing the right thing," he said.

Australian Trucking Association (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,” said Maguire.

“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, [Queensland Trucking Association – 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.”

QTA launched free COVID-19 online education in April.

For up to date information on border restrictions specific to the transport of freight and logistics, visit the NHVR website.

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