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The new demands from truckies after COVID-19 positive drivers enter WA

Gareth Parker
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WA’s peak road transport industry body is demanding vaccination hubs and testing clinics be set up at major trucking ports to prevent the movement of COVID-19 between states.

It comes after two truck drivers from New South Wales tested positive to COVID-19 shortly after arriving in WA last week.

Western Roads Federation CEO Cam Dumesny said rapid testing needs to be conducted to avoid it happening again.

“They were tested in New South Wales, but the results didn’t come through until three days later,” he told Gareth Parker.

“We know we can get PCR tests that get results back quicker.

“What we’re suggesting is set up a test centre at Port Augusta, one at Katherine, because they’re the two choke points at which all freight has to move.”

He said it is often difficult for drivers to get vaccinated with their unusual schedules and called for vaccination centres to be set up at the testing clinics.

“We’ve got to do better than this … we’ve just got to work out nationally how we can keep freight moving.”

Press PLAY to hear why the Western Roads Federation wants vaccinations and testing hubs  

(Photo: iStock by Getty Images.)

Gareth Parker
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