Rapid antigen testing trial for truckies in Goondiwindi

Following consultation with peak industry bodies the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) in Queensland is conducting a rapid antigen testing (RAT) pilot at the dedicated Goondiwindi truckies’ testing site on November 9-10.

Under the Queensland Freight Protocol, freight and logistics operators are currently subject to a 7-day rolling program of surveillance testing using Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing.

When you present for your PCR test at the Caltex Goondiwindi on Boundary Road, truckies will have the opportunity to be part of the RAT pilot and have a second Covid-19 test, says the TMR’s Heavy Vehicles Unit.

“Participating in this pilot will inform the viability of the broader implementation of rapid antigen testing in Queensland,” said TMR.

“Rapid antigen test results can be provided within 15-30 minutes and you will not have to wait for those results at the testing location.”

Participation is voluntary and drivers and operators must be asymptomatic to have the rapid antigen test.

The results will be sent to operators via SMS as soon as they are available and operators will be able to check their test results when they make their next stop.

If the RAT returns a positive result, the operator will be contacted by Queensland Health and arrangements will be made for them to isolate while a priority analysis of the PCR test is undertaken to determine if the result is a true positive. This is because a PCR test provides a more accurate reading for whether a person is or isn’t positive with COVID-19.

If the PCR test is positive, appropriate arrangements will be made by Queensland Health.

In other Covid-related news for truckies, TMR also reports that the dedicated freight and logistics vax hub at Tugun will no longer be open on weekends.

Hours of operation from Monday to Friday are also now shortened from 8am-6pm in line with current demand.

In the same notice, TMR also reminds truckies that they have until November 15 to receive the second dose of a vaccine, or provide evidence of a jab booking.

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