Agonisingly long waits for truckies at the NSW/Queensland border today could be short-term if the Queensland Trucking Association gets its way.
QTA CEO Gary Mahon tells Big Rigs that he has logged concerns with police over the delays and is pushing for a designated freight lane to be introduced as soon as possible.
According to some social media reports earlier today, truckies were made to wait in queues behind motorists as long as 3km and were taking more than an hour to cross into Queensland as police stop every vehicle.
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By late this morning, Mahon said senior police told him that the queues were down to 56 minutes and they were working hard to improve on that.
“We would very much like a priority lane for freight, particularly at the Gold Coast. It’s not as much of an issue at Goondiwindi,” Mahon said.
Mahon also told Big Rigs that he believed truckies are not included in a new Public Health Order requiring essential workers to have at least one dose of vaccine before they are allowed to cross into Queensland.
More to come.