COVID testing changes for SA truckies


After pushing for the SA COVID testing dilemma to be resolved, the SA Road Transport Association (SARTA) has advised that updated info has been released relating to testing requirements for heavy vehicle operators within the state.

On its Facebook page, SARTA explained that new the Stay at Home Order made it clear that SA heavy vehicle drivers are not required to have COVID-19 tests and are not required to produce evidence of a COVID test.

SARTA had been pushing for a solution after testing stations at the border were withdrawn earlier this week.

This refers to SA requirements only, so drivers entering other states will need to abide any other testing requirements relevant to the state in which they are entering.

The Emergency Management (Stay at Home No 2) (COVID-19) Direction 2020, states: 

Part 4 – Other Matters

12 – Testing of commercial transport and freight operators

Despite the Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 18) (COVID-19) Direction 2020, an essential traveller under Schedule 1 clause 3 or Schedule 2 clause 4 of that Direction is not required to produce to an authorised officer (on request) evidence of a COVID-19 test, or a COVID-19 test result, relating to a test undertaken by the person within the preceding 7 days (and is not otherwise required to submit to a COVID-19 test under that Direction).

SARTA is advising SA drivers to have this Stay at Home directive information on hand as reference in case it is required when dealing with authorities. A copy can be found by clicking here.

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