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Major changes to the Queensland Freight Protocol

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While Queensland’s border restrictions ease for the general public from December 13, interstate truckies will have to wait another 48 hours before their concessions kick in.

A recent bulletin from the Department of Transport and Main Roads heavy vehicles unit, outlined the changes to the Queensland Freight Protocol that come into effect from 1am on December 15.

Changed requirements for fully vaccinated freight and logistics operators

  • Stay at home requirements will be removed.
  • The restrictions on leaving the vehicle for an essential purpose will be removed.
  • Record-keeping of proximate contacts will only be required when on-duty in Queensland in connection with a freight and logistics activity.

Retained requirements

Freight and logistics operators must be able to provide the following items at border checkpoints to enter Queensland from any other state or territory in Australia, regardless of whether a hotspot has been declared:

  • a valid F Pass (Freight and Logistics)
  • evidence that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • evidence of a negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test result within 7 days prior to entering Queensland.

You must continue to maintain a rolling 7-day testing regime (using a PCR test only) while travelling in and out of Queensland.

“Please be advised, delays may be expected at border checkpoints as Queensland’s border restrictions ease further,” the bulletin noted.

“While there won’t be a dedicated freight lane, queueing will be monitored and congestion managed.”

Reports on social media say that it was taking over an hour for truckies to negotiate the early congestion on the M1.

Meanwhile, TMR also reminds truckies to have their F Pass and evidence of a negative test result and Covid-19 full vaccination available.

The TMR added that it will provide further advice prior to 1am, December 15.

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