NSW Police pledge on truck stop accessibility


Facilities ordered to remain open to industry throughout outbreak

NSW Police pledge on truck stop accessibility
Mick Fuller

 

NSW Police has confirmed truck stops and roadhouses will be reopened to allow transport and logistics to conduct its business during the Covid-19 pandemic, following industry pleas on driver amenity.

Commissioner Mick Fuller advocated for a solution which strikes a balance between road safety, delivery of essential goods, as well as enforcement of the Public Health Orders to limit the spread of the delta strain of Covid-19, a police statement noted.

From 2pm, Sunday August 22, roadside trucking services such as dedicated service stations and roadhouses will be open "to ensure that trucking workers have the amenities they need to conduct their operations safely and efficiently".

"This will include dining, showers and toilet amenities. These services and facilities will not be open to the public," the statement added.

Fuller acknowledged NSW Health as working closely with police to ensure the common-sense approach will be reflected in the Public Health Orders to ensure the state’s transportation workers are able to conduct their work safely.

"As the state is coping with lockdown measures to limit the spread of Covid-19, the delivery of essential goods is more important than ever," Fuller said.

"Our essential transportation workers need to have the access to truck stop facilities to ensure that they can revive and refresh to ensure that they can manage their fatigue as they perform these vital delivery and freight services.

"Each day during this pandemic, we are encountering new and emerging issues and I thank NSW Health for working so swiftly with us to resolve this very important issue."


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As part of the agreement, roadhouses will be required to develop Covid-safe plans to ensure that business operations can comply with Public Health Order restrictions to limit the spread of the virus. This will include:

• QR check ins

• ensuring adequate spacing and cleaning, particularly in dining facilities

• hand hygiene facilities

• enforcing mask wearing requirements; and any other strategies to minimise the risk of the virus spreading.

Dining areas will not be available to the public and will need to be partitioned off to ensure that the facility is clearly marked as only available for truck and transportation workers.

The definition of a truck and transportations worker is in accordance with the National Freight Movement Protocol and Code - a freight worker who drives a heavy vehicle over 4.5 tonnes gross vehicle mass, rail crew, or workers who support the supply chain of a heavy vehicle or train.

Anyone with information regarding individuals or businesses in contravention of Covid-19-related ministerial directions is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.

 

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