Information from the RTF on COVID-19

Information from the RTF on COVID-19

Please note as at 30 June 2021: 

New Zealand is in Alert Level 1

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. 

Tuesday 29 June

On Tuesday 29 June, the Government announced that Wellington would go back to Level 1 from 11.59pm on 29 June.

Sunday 27 June

On Sunday 27 June, the Government extended the Level 2 restrictions in the Wellington region until 11.59pm on Tuesday 29 June.

On Saturday 26 June, the Government made a decision to pause the Australian travel bubble until 11.59pm on Tuesday 29 June. You can read the media release about that here.

Friday 25 June

On Friday 25 June, RTF CE Nick Leggett issued this Advisory about planning for Covid-19 alert level changes, in the event there is any alert level change in Wellington, which would impact freight movement. There is nothing to suggest there will be an alert level change at this point, but as these things can move quite fast, people need to be prepared.

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.

For COVID-19 health advice and information, contact the Healthline team (for free) on 0800 358 5453 or +64 9 358 5453 for international SIMS.

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

2021

On Friday 25 June, RTF CE Nick Leggett issued this Advisory about planning for Covid-19 alert level changes, in the event there is any alert level change in Wellington, which would impact freight movement.

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.

2020

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.

Law

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.

Other information

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.

Media

12 August, RTF media release, Covid level moves create supply chain issues

15 August, RTF media release, Mayhem at the ports bewildering

15 August, Stuff, Coronavirus: Havoc for trucking operators under ports’ Covid-19 testing rules

16 August, Newshub, ‘It’s not possible: 12,000 Auckland and Tauranga port workers unlikely to get COVID-19 tests by deadline

17 August, NZ Herald, Covid 19 coronavirus: Auckland and Tauranga port communities caught in mass Covid-19 test order

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

18 August, NZ Herald, Covid-19 Coronavirus: Government relaxes Auckland and Tauranga ports blanket testing order

Nick Leggett’s blogs:

Heading down the uncertain Covid-19 road