Hauliers travelling on direct maritime routes from Eire to France are not required to supply a unfavorable take a look at outcome for Covid-19.
Launched by the French authorities in January to forestall the unfold of the brand new UK variant of the coronavirus, feared for its elevated transmissibility, hauliers had been required to supply proof of a unfavorable Covid-19 take a look at taken inside the earlier 72 hours on arrival in French ports.
Now, because of the low positivity charges current amongst business automobile drivers, the French authorities has up to date this regulation with instant impact.
In a press release confirming the announcement, the Division of Transport stated the choice is consistent with the European Union’s Inexperienced Lanes suggestions, launched to facilitate transportation of freight in the course of the pandemic.
Nevertheless, proof of a unfavorable take a look at outcome continues to be required for lorry drivers travelling from Nice Britain to France or the Netherlands. Which means any hauliers arriving from Eire to those locations by way of the UK landbridge nonetheless require proof of a unfavorable Covid take a look at.
Present amenities in Eire and Britain, arrange in response to the French testing rules in January, will proceed to supply drivers a Covid-19 take a look at.
Hauliers travelling to Germany should proceed to have proof of a unfavorable Covid take a look at outcome.
The Division of Transport has stated simply 14 instances have been recognized from the 5,743 anti-gen checks carried out by RocDoc at Irish ports-– a positivity charge of 0.24%.
Freight employees arriving in Eire that don’t show signs of the virus proceed to be exempt from testing and quarantine rules.
The Division of Transport has stated that is within the pursuits of conserving provide chains open inside the EU’s Single Market and that it encourages different EU member states to comply with this coverage.
Launched because the UK formally left the EU’s Single Market following a Brexit commerce deal agreed final September, the Covid testing regime noticed appreciable disruption to Irish freight on the nation’s ports because the hauliers tailored to the brand new measures launched.
The Irish Highway Hauliers Affiliation (IRHA) has described these delays as a big concern and stated Irish lorry drivers are “bearing the brunt of it”.