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  • 15 May 2020 5:35 PM | Lisa Acret (Administrator)








    Heavy vehicle testing will resume before light vehicle testing to support the transport and agriculture industries and to keep Queensland moving. Heavy vehicles also allow examiners and applicants to maintain physical distance due to additional space in the vehicle's interior.   

    As health and safety remains a priority, several measures including mandatory customer screening and vehicle cleaning will be introduced before, during and after each test to protect applicants and examiners.   

    Heavy vehicle tests will be prioritised for: 

    • customers who previously had a test booked which was cancelled when the suspension was announced 
    • emergency service drivers  
    • customers who require a heavy vehicle licence for employment purposes (including seasonal agricultural heavy vehicle drivers) 
    • those with exceptional circumstances.  
    For those who previously had a test cancelled, TMR will contact the customer or their driving school with details about rebooking a new test, when bookings are available. To confirm eligibility or book a priority test, other customers are directed to email drivingtests@tmr.qld.gov.au. Test bookings can be made from Tuesday 19 May 2020

    Employers or employer groups may also contact TMR using this email address for further information about test locations. TMR may be able to make special arrangements to conduct tests at alternative locations in regional areas to support industry.   

    Customers who wish to be given a priority test for employment reasons must provide confirmation from their employer, such as an email confirming the requirement for the applicant to operate a heavy vehicle.   

    Customers who do not qualify for a priority driving test should continue to check for updates at www.qld.gov.au/transport/licensing/getting/tests. This page will also be updated with announcements about the recommencement of driving tests for light vehicles.   


    For more information about these changes visit www.qld.gov.au/transport/licensing/getting/tests


  • 10 May 2020 5:34 PM | Lisa Acret (Administrator)
    SA-Emergency Declarations Cross Border Travel - New Direction 4

    When does the change commence? From 1.00am, SA Time, Mon 11 May

    What is the change?   An Essential traveller must now keep records of close contacts for a 14 day period commencing on the date of their arrival in South Australia (or, if they remain in South Australia for a period of less than 14 days, for that period).

    What form needs to be completed to record close contact?

    Download - Essential Traveller Close Contact Record form - Word, PDF

    The records that are required to be kept in relation to a close contact are —

    (i) the name and phone number or other contact details of the close contact and the location at which the close contact occurred; or

    (ii) if the details are not known and it is not reasonably practicable to obtain those details—the time during which and location at which the close contact occurred.

    What is close contact? 

    A person is a close contact of another person if they are in the company of the other person —

    (i) within an enclosed space for a period of 2 hours or longer; or

    (ii) within 1.5 metres of the other person for a period of 15 minutes or longer; and

    How long do the records need to be kept?  for 28 days from the end of the period for which the records must be kept and be provided to an authorised officer on request.


  • 27 Apr 2020 9:25 AM | Lisa Acret (Administrator)

    What areas does this apply to?  access for essential services going into the designated areas include the Cook, Pormpuraaw and Kowanyama LGAs (among others) whose boundaries are provided for by the Local Government Regulation 2012 (Qld).

    What paperwork needs to be completed/included?

    Complete:

    Biosecurity-plan

    Drivers also need a Restricted Access Pass and carry on the passenger side dash of vehicle (make sure they can see it) – please click on the link below to do the online application and print from the email they send you.

    https://www.qld.gov.au/border-pass/travelling-to-or-through-remote-communities

    Attach:

    QTA COVID-19 Safety Guides for Drivers x 3 sheets

    Handwashing Guide

    (Please note - All transport is classed as essential services, you will have limited access at the moment with the road being closed BUT it is expected the roads will get an Open Grade in the coming weeks and I have been advised this will be the ONLY work done to those roads until all restrictions are lifted at this stage)

    Contact Frances Schafer for assistance with any of this paperwork.  frances@qta.com.au


  • 09 Apr 2020 8:36 AM | Lisa Acret (Administrator)

    These guide sheets have been created by the QTA for use by industry.  The guides can be added to your Safety Packs and Driver Manuals.   

    COVID-19 Safety Guidelines-Truck Drivers pdf, Image

    COVID-19 Safety Guidelines-Truck Stops pdf , Image

    COVID-19-Safety Guidelines-Cabin Cleaning pdf, Image

  • 08 Apr 2020 2:00 PM | Administration (Administrator)

    If you travel in the Northern Territory (NT), please read the following:

    Attachment A - NTG Exemption Letter - 6 April.pdf

    Designated-Area-Compliance-Form.pdf

    Road Transport - Industry Advice Fact Sheet - 6 April - Authorisation Letter.pdf

    Industry ExemptionFact Sheet and Designated Area Compliance Form which provides requirements for essential road transport operations in Northern Territory (NT).

    Should you have any questions please contact the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Emergency Operations Centre on 89247916 or via email at Transport.EOC@nt.gov.au.

    For more information on COVID-19 in in the NT go to https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au.


  • 07 Apr 2020 3:49 PM | Lisa Acret (Administrator)

    WA Entry – Form - Request for Approval as an Exempt Traveller

    This form must be completed by Road Freight Operators entering WA and sent to: WAEntryRequest@police.wa.gov.au



  • 07 Apr 2020 1:31 PM | Lisa Acret (Administrator)

    Update on roadhouses open for business

    For those travelling west from Townsville

    Charters Towers puma - meals/showers

    Pentland pub- takeaway/showers

    Torrens Creek - Closed

    Hughenden BP & United- Takeaway/showers

    Richmond - Takeaway/showers

    Julia Creek Puma - Meals/showers

    Cloncurry Puma - Takeaway/showers

    Winton Roadhouse - Takeaway/showers

    Mt isa Coles Express - pies/sangas/showers

    Camooweal Puma roadhouse - meals/showers

    For those travelling up north of Townsville

    Townsville Roadhouses - business as usual

    Greenvale Roadhouse - meals/showers

    Lynd Roadhouse - takeaway/ meals and showers on request - pls call ahead on 40625291

    Mt Surprise - meals/showers

    Georgetown - meals/showers at the caravan park

    Croyden - meals/showers

    Chillagoe BP - meals/showers

    Malanda Caltex - takesway/showers 24/7

    Lakeland Roadhouse - meals/takeaway/showers

    Caltex Cooktown - takeaway

    Cardwell Sea View Cafe - takeaway/meals/showers 3.30am - 9pm usually 24/7

    For those travelling south of Townsville

    Caltex Bowen - meals/takeaway/showers 24/7

    Clermont Roadhouse - meals/takeaway/showers

    Emerald Caltex - showers/meals 4pm-8.30pm otherwise takeaway

    Caltex North Rocky- showers/meals 24/7

    BP Blackall - Lowes - showers and dining area open

    Dalby Caltex Warrego Hway - meals/showers 24/7

    Thank you to the drivers and roadhouse staff for the update.


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