The Queensland Trucking Association (QTA) is lobbying hard to have the glitch fixed in the NSW Entry Declaration Form, but in the meantime has some sage advice for truckies – take a screenshot.
In the wake of the latest Brisbane lockdown, NSW has implemented a requirement for all essential freight drivers and companies to complete the form for anyone travelling to NSW from the Greater Brisbane area.
But the Service NSW portal has been on the blink since it opened late yesterday, sparking some lively discussions on industry social media channels.
“We have been in touch with Transport for NSW [TfNSW] early this morning who are aware of this isssue and are working with Service NSW to have this remedied as soon as possible,” said the QTA in a newsletter to its members this afternoon.
“As there has been no hard border closure, this should not prevent truck movements. We are recommending that a driver carries evidence (screen shot) of having attempted to apply for a pass if they are concerned about not having a valid pass, and then apply for a new pass once the system is fixed.
“We also recommend drivers from Greater Brisbane travelling interstate or travelling into the Greater Brisbane area to keep accurate close contact records.”
Big Rigs has contacted TfNSW for comment, but a well-placed source tells us that there are no physical border checks in place and this system was primarily conceived as another contact tracing safety net.