COVID-19: Strict conditions put in place for cargo trucks

Police at the Natalau checkpoint in Lautoka. PM Voreqe Bainimarama has warned Fijians intending to disregard border protection measures that they would be dealt with according to the seriousness of the offence. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

Strict conditions have been put in place for trucks transporting cargo/freight seeking to cross the lockdown border.

The new conditions have been announced by the Transport Ministry in consultation with the Fiji Police Force, Republic Fiji Military Forces, Ministry of Health and Medical Services and other relevant stakeholders.

The conditions are as follows:

  • Trucks carrying essential supplies shall be allowed to cross the lockdown borders;
  • All trucks crossing the lockdown border will need to be decontaminated at the border prior to crossing;
  • Trucking companies wishing to send their trucks across the borders shall provide the details of the driver(s) driving the truck(s) i.e. Name of driver, driving license, vehicle registration number and detailed manifest of cargo being transported; a driver to drive the truck from point of origin to the locked-down border after which a separate driver is to be organised to drive the truck outside the border to the destination; and
  • In the event of a specialised vehicle, such as fuel tankers, garbage disposal and construction vehicle, to name a few, that can only be driven by a qualified driver. The driver of the vehicle should not get off the cab, the vehicle will need to be sanitised at the border. The driver will drive the vehicle directly to the site and offloading will be conducted without the driver getting off the vehicle.

Those wishing to send their trucks across have been instructed to liaise with Director Transport on email faranisese.kinivuwai@govnet.gov.fj/ or call on 9983245/ 9906244/ 9904889.

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