Information from the RTF on COVID-19
Please note as at 23 June 2021:
Wellington is in Alert Level 2
The RTF is the central point of communication to and from Government and the national media for the road freight transport industry. We keep this page updated daily with information needed by road freight operators.
We are in ongoing discussions with the government officials putting all the measures in place during New Zealand’s response to the Covid-19 virus.
Wednesday 23 June
The Wellington region will be at Alert Level 2 from 6pm on Wednesday 23 June until 11:59pm on Sunday 27 June. This area includes Wairarapa and the Kapiti Coast.
You can stay up to date on the Government’s official Unite against Covid-19 website here.
RTF CE Nick Leggett has issued this Advisory.
Guidance and protocols
When we went to Level 3 in 2020, WorkSafe signed off guidance and protocols developed by the RTF to help businesses transition to Alert Level 3. These include Covid-19 workplace protocols for road freight transport, as guidance to businesses moving to Alert Level 3. You may need to refresh your memory on what is required.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its Covid-19 advice, available here.
Advisories and media releases
On Wednesday 23 June, Road Transport Forum chief executive issued this Advisory.
On Monday 1 March, Road Transport Forum chief executive issued this Advisory.
On Sunday 28 February, Road Transport Forum chief executive issued this Advisory.
On Friday 30 October, Road Transport Forum chief executive Nick Leggett wrote this blog about the need to urgengy focus on the supply chain.
On Thursday 20 August, Road Transport Forum chief executive Nick Leggett wrote this blog about the state of the Government’s preparedness for the Covid-19 resurgence in Auckland.
On Tuesday 18 August, Road Transport Forum chief executive Nick Leggett issued this Advisory on Auckland road border documentation and port testing.
On Monday 17 August, Road Transport Forum chief executive issued this Advisory around border issues in Auckland and testing at the Ports of Auckland and Port of Tauranga.
On Saturday 15 August, Road Transport Forum chief executive Nick Leggett put out this media release about the mayhem caused by a rapid order to test truck drivers at Ports of Auckland and Port of Tauranga.
RTF CE Nick Leggett issued this Advisory.
On Friday 14 August, Nick Leggett has written this blog about transporting goods under the changing Covid-19 alert levels.
On Thursday 13 August, Road Transport Forum chief executive Nick Leggett put out this Advisory on Auckland border control and the Government QR code.
On Wednesday 12 August, Road Transport Forum chief executive Nick Leggett put out this Advisory on Police control of Auckland roads, including check points at the entry/exits to Auckland.
On Wednesday 12 August, Road Transport Forum chief executive Nick Leggett put out this Advisory with the initial advice from the Ministry of Transport.
On Wednesday 12 August, Road Transport Forum chief executive Nick Leggett issued this media release asking for clarity from the Government about Auckland’s border control for trucking operators.
On Monday 17 August, the Minister of Health Chris Hipkins signed an amdment to the Covid-19 Public Health Response (Covid-19 Testing) Amendment Order 2020, extending the timeframe of the previous order and introducing a new definition of higher risk workers to be tested. You can view that here.
On Wednesday 12 August, Health Minister Chris Hipkins signed this Covid-19 Public Health Response (Alert Levels 3 and 2) Order 2020 which permits freight to move.
On 13 May the New Zealand Government passed the COVID-19 Public Health Response Bill under urgency. This is to provide the legal framework for managing COVID-19.
Where to buy PPE
Hand sanitiser and face masks are available here.
Financial information for businesses
All the Government’s up-to-date information about financial support for businesses is available here.
On 17 August, Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced that workers whose jobs may be affected by the re-emergence of Covid-19 in Auckland will be supported by a new wage subsidy scheme and a simplified leave scheme. You can read the media release here.
12 August, RTF media release, Covid level moves create supply chain issues
15 August, RTF media release, Mayhem at the ports bewildering
17 August, AM show, ‘Silly rules’: Truckies to ignore deadline for getting COVID-19 test
17 August, TransportTalk, RTF questions COVID-19 testing of truck drivers
17 August, NewstalkZB, Police add more checkpoints to daily gridlock
17 August, Newshub 6pm news, Chronically-ill Northlander trapped in Auckland due to police checkpoints
18 August, RNZ, Covid-19: Truck drivers complain of hours stuck at Auckland border
Nick Leggett’s blogs: