SA's border rules with Victoria tightened

01 Août, 2020, 14:53 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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Fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) and drive-in, drive-out (DIDO) workers from New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory who are reporting to remote locations will be approved to enter South Australia if they show evidence of a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test within the previous seven days.

But the Victorian Transport Association slammed the move saying the regulations would hold up 650,000 tonnes of food and building supplies entering the state each day.

South Australia has warned that Victoria's mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector is likely to face disruptions following changes to the former's COVID-19 travel rules.

'In Victoria we don't test for asymptomatic cases ... you cant get a test just because you feel like it, ' VTA chief executive Peter Anderson told 3AW radio on Thursday.

To be compliant with Victorian laws, truck drivers would have to quarantine for three to five days while waiting for the test results.

'For us to adhere to that, it implies we would need to break that law'.

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About 15,000 trucks arriving in Victoria with essential goods every 24 hours.

Mr Anderson likewise composed in a letter to VTA members that showing chauffeurs had actually been checked would be challenging since there are no composed or electronic test invoices, according to The Australian.

'While the transportation and freight market has actually been gently impacted in border crossings there are now brand-new limitations that will produce huge problems and tension for specific business that require to service clients in other states'.

"We've made it clear from the outset that we do not stop every single commercial freight operator crossing the border", he said on Thursday.

The enhanced steps are an effort to stop the surging coronavirus circumstance amounts in Victoria from dispersing.



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