Should truckies' testing rules change? | POLL

Should truckies' testing rules change? | POLL

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WITH COVID-19 outbreaks continuing to cause chaos, livestock transporters are calling for a nationally-consistent set of rules to govern how often they need to be tested when crossing state lines.

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WITH COVID-19 outbreaks continuing to cause chaos across the country, livestock transporters are calling for a nationally-consistent set of rules to govern how often they need to be tested when crossing state lines.

Livestock & Rural Transporters Association of SA president and Australian Trucking Association chair David Smith said the industry was confronted with a "patchwork quilt" of rules that had caused hurdles and inconsistencies.

Mr Smith also wants to see vaccines prioritised for freight workers.

"Test frequency is shorter when lockdowns hit and industry do not have 24-hour access to a site," he said.

His Victorian counterpart David Rogers agreed that adapting to state-by-state rules was difficult for drivers, especially given they lived out of their cabins and followed strict protocols to ensure they did not come into unnecessary contact with anyone.

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