As the infection spread continuously, Victoria has stated another lockdown which could affect the freights movement. With the state returning to social controls for months other states and territories also issued their own control on visitors from the state, a complete Cross Border Travel Registration is needed from the motorist/visitors for them to pass the South Australia Police border checkpoints.
With this strict regulation in crossing a border, heavy vehicle operators in Australia were informed that there will be border delay following Victoria’s instigation of a seven-day lockdown.
National Road Transport Association (NatRoad) CEO Warren Clark likens the situation to Groundhog Day for his members who need to cross state borders regularly.
“They’re well versed in the contradictory rules that add to the red tape burden of owning or operating a heavy vehicle,” Clark says.
“We’re renewing our calls for all levels of government to deliver a standardised system of border permits for the road freight industry.
“Every major border needs a dedicated freight lane to prevent truck drivers being caught in delays that can last hours.”
Clark notes lengthy border delays have a serious impact on their ability of drivers to adhere to fatigue management requirements.
“It’s clearly a safety issue and if we’re going to acknowledge road freight as an essential service, then let’s not just pay lip service,” he says.
“Road freight has kept the country moving during the pandemic and will continue to transport essential supplies of all kinds for all Australians.
“To keep doing this essential work, we need consistency from every State and territory regarding border closures, permit conditions, testing regimes and consistent timing for asymptomatic testing as they affect the road freight industry and its workers.”
The checkpoints, at Yamba, Pinnaroo, Wolseley, Laurie Park, Penola, Myora, Glenburnie and Donovans/Nelson is there to act as a reminder of the fiery Victorian fatal truck crash in February near the SA border at the end of a tailback. The Victorian Transport Association (VTA), NatRoad and Transport Workers Union (TWU) were united on how the state border checking is conducted.
However, SA Police foresees not such tailbacks.
“Motorists entering South Australia via road from Victoria are advised of minor delays due to increased traffic, and the processing of travelers on the Cross Border Travel Registration platform,” the force says.