THE Victorian government is now allowing heavy vehicle drivers to get tested for COVID-19 irrespective of whether they show symptoms.

Freight Victoria issued the new guidance, which most importantly allows heavy vehicle drivers to get a COVID test without having to self-isolate until getting a result, provided they do not have symptoms.

“The guidance came about after many meetings and discussions over the past week to ensure there is as much uniformity as possible across Australia when it comes to border crossing requirements,” said Victorian Transport Association CEO Peter Anderson.

The VTA has requested a list of the private laboratories from the Victorian Government where testing is available. The Department of Health advises the test does not require a referral from a medical practitioner and that it will be bulk-billed through Medicare.

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Mr Anderson said the adjustment should see an end to delays at the South Australia border with Victoria.

“Asymptomatic testing for heavy vehicle drivers means operators in Victoria are now able to comply with requirements in South Australia for COVID testing every seven days as a condition of being granted a border crossing permit,” he said.

“We welcome the Victorian Government aligning with other jurisdictions and we will continue to petition strongly to obtain common-sense solutions so that the essential movement of freight cross our borders, and the important work of our members, can continue with minimal disruption.”

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