Avoid blockades and roll up your sleeve: RFNSW


Peak body Road Freight NSW (RFNSW) is urging truckies in Sydney’s Covid areas of concern to come forward and get vaccinated as soon as possible.

The call from RFNSW comes as authorised essential freight workers in hotspots face new requirements, permitting them to work outside their LGAs, if they have evidence of rapid antigen testing, or have at least one dose of a vaccine, by the August 30 deadline.

“It’s time for our members to roll up their sleeves and get the jab,” RFNSW chief executive Simon O’Hara said today.

“Greater vaccination coverage will alleviate the need for high-frequency testing, protect our frontline truckies against the highly-transmissible Delta variant and ensure that critical supply chains aren’t disrupted throughout the pandemic.

“We’re confident that getting more truckies vaccinated will support achieving vaccination targets and see the state government deliver on its promise of easing certain restrictions in parts of the community.”

O’Hara said RFNSW was also calling for truckies to stay away from anti-lockdown highway blockades supposedly happening on Tuesday, August 31 at the Queensland border, and other locations, according to reports by ‘rogue’ drivers on social media.

“RFNSW continues to advocate on behalf of our members who are working hard through the pandemic and if they have genuine concerns or issues about their working requirements and the current Covid restrictions, we ask that they bring them to our attention – RFNSW will ensure their voice is heard,” O’Hara said.

Superintendent Tony Boyd said NSW Police will ensure compliance with Public Health Orders and that protest activity is deemed as a breach of the Public Health Orders.

“Please stay at home and do not become involved in protest activity or you will risk legal action being taken against you,” Boyd said.

For more information on NSW industry requirements for vaccination and where to book a jab, click here.

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