Truck convoy causes traffic jams following COVID-19 rule changes
Departing from the Sydney Hills area, the drivers joined a convoy heading south across the Harbor Bridge and the west distributor, before heading west via the Anzac Bridge.
The groups want to confirm that the exemption covers all essential transport workers, including aviation workers, bus drivers, waste workers, taxi and carpool drivers.
Truckers will also be impacted by stopping all construction work, except for essential electricity or water supply projects, until at least July 30.
Residents of the municipal areas of Fairfield, Canterbury-Bankstown and Liverpool have also been banned from traveling outside of their LGAs.
Employees in these core business lines will not be able to come to work if their workplace is outside of their LGA, unless they are healthcare or emergency workers.
Workers with disabilities and the elderly are also exempt, but all must be tested for COVID-19 every three days.
The main bus depots that serve central west Sydney and regional bus routes are inside and just outside the Fairfield LGA.
According to the 2016 census, more than 20,000 transport workers live in the LGAs of Fairfield, Liverpool and Canterbury-Bankstown.
Confusion over the instant rule change sparked anger from truck drivers who staged a protest convoy on the Harbor and Anzac bridges in Sydney.
TWU NSW branch secretary Richard Olsen said the NSW government should follow Victoria’s lead in seeing transport worker groups as essential.
“We welcome the exemption which reflects the essential work performed by transport workers, but we ask for urgent clarification that all transport workers, including those providing essential passenger transport services, Air freight and waste removal will not be penalized for going to work, ”he said.
“Without this clarification, we will see garbage piling up on our streets, passengers stranded at bus stops and cargo left unattended at airports.”