Changes to New South Wales interstate border conditions for freight taking effect from midnight tonight will create a red-tape nightmare that will damage productivity and create inefficiencies, according to the National Road Transport Association (NatRoad).
NatRoad CEO Warren Clark said: “In the rush to respond to interstate lockdown measures, NSW has mandated a separate entry declaration for each state or territory.
“If you’ve come from, or through, Victoria, Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia in the last 14 days, you’ll need an entry declaration for each.
“For road transport operators who operate across a number of states, this is absurd.
“They may have to complete two, maybe even three, entry declarations for the one trip into NSW.”
Mr Clark says NatRoad wants a single border pass to and from each State and Territory so that administration doesn’t become a cost burden.
“The G2G pass used by WA and Tasmania allows contact tracing and should be rolled out in all jurisdictions, Mr Clark said.
“I have one member who estimates the costs of compliance with COVID border admin to have run to $100,000 so far and there are plenty more with similar stories.
“Road transport continues to be an essential service, moving goods and produce around the country and keeping shop shelves stocked after they have been stripped by panic buying.
“More administration should not get in the way of this task.”
With a proud history dating back to 1948, NatRoad operates to represent its members and as advocates for the $96 billion road freight industry. With more than 45,000 trucking companies employing more than 140,000 people across the country, the road transport industry is one of Australia’s biggest economic drivers. NatRoad is a not-for-profit Association that is 100% funded via its membership fees and business partnerships. No funding is provided by government or unions. We know the road transport industry. Our board is made up of individuals who run transport businesses and have members from owner-drivers to road freight and large fleet operators, representing all aspects of the industry. General freight, road trains, livestock, tippers, express, car carriers, as well as tankers and refrigerated operators.
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