Information from the RTF on COVID-19
Please note as at 5 June 2020:
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.
Alert Level 2 – what you need to know
New Zealand moved to Alert Level 2 on Thursday 14 May. We remain at Alert Level 2.
The movement of all freight is permitted at Alert Level 2, including the ability of business and customers to send, distribute and receive freight. All freight can enter and leave the country.
On 13 May, RTF CE Nick Leggett issued this Advisory with advice on moving from Level 3 to Level 2.
Information on the framework of Alert Level 2 are available on the Government’s Covid-19 website here.
Updates 5 June
Government extends support schemes for businesses – On 5 June, the Government extended the number of businesses eligible for the wage subsidy extension and the application period for small business cashflow support. You can find the information here.
Updates 29 May
On 29 May, RTF CE Nick Leggett put the case for not increasing Road User Charges in his blog.
Updates 28 May
On 28 May, RTF issued this media release asking again for RUC relief in the face of a 1 July 2020 increase of 5.3%.
Updates 25 May
The Government has announced an increase to the number of people who can gather together at Alert Level 2.
From 12 noon Friday 29 May, gatherings can be held with up to 100 people.
The new limit applies to gatherings at your home, events outside of home and public venues – including church services, weddings and, funerals and tangihanga.
When holding a gathering, play it safe — maintain hygiene standards and meet existing record-keeping requirements for contact tracing.
Community sports will also be able to operate easier, and sporting codes will be working on further guidance with Sport NZ.
Cabinet will again review the settings of Alert Level 2 on 8 June and have agreed that no later than 22 June, 4 weeks from today, they will consider a move to Alert Level 1.
Guidance and protocols
It is important the industry maintains the high standards that have been set as there is still considerable risk of COVID-19 having another outbreak. This means that our advice is that the RTF guidance document developed for Level 3, and signed off by WorkSafe, should continue to be the guidance for Level 2, unless there are good reasons why certain practices are no longer relevant.
Our advice to operators is to assess their operating protocols under Level 3 and continue to follow processes as developed. Any “relaxing” of how you operate when it comes to health and safety will be a risk and it is important that you have documented mitigations of additional risks if you choose to alter from the Level 3 guidelines. Our advice is to stick to the Level 3 guidelines.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its Covid-19 advice, available here.
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.
The Government has a number of websites with information about COVID-19 and operating under Alert Level 2.
You can find business information, including the Government support available to businesses, here.
General information about Alert Level 2 is available here.
WorkSafe’s information about Alert Level 2 is available here.
Ministry of Health COVID-19 information is available here.
NZTA’s COVID-19 services updates are available here.
Where to buy PPE; container storage
Hand sanitiser and face masks are available here.
Information about companies with additional container storage capacity is available here.
Financial information for businesses
All the Government’s up-to-date information about financial support for businesses is available here.
On 5 June, the Government extended the number of businesses eligible for the wage subsidy extension and the application period for small business cashflow support. You can find the information here.
On 12 May, the Government announced its Small Business Cashflow Loan Scheme was live. You can find out more information about the scheme here.
On 1 May, the Government announced it will provide interest free loans for a year to small businesses impacted by Covid-19. You can read the media release here.
On 15 April, the Government announced new measures to provide relief for small and medium-sized businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can find the factsheet about the measures here.
On 1 April the Government announced that businesses can start applying to their banks for loans under the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme set up to support the New Zealand economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can read about this here.
On 3 April, the Government announced it will be introducing legislation to make changes to the Companies Act to help companies facing insolvency due to COVID-19 to remain viable and keep New Zealanders in jobs. You can read the media release here.
RTF fact sheets, memos and advisories
13 May, RTF CE Nick Leggett issued this Advisory with advice on moving from Level 3 to Level 2.
7 May, RTF issued this Advisory on using flammable alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
5 May, RTF issued this Advisory after complaints about truck noise and speeds.
4 May, RTF issued this Advisory on ensuring your vehicle is safe to operate.
From the Government
The New Zealand Government has centralised information about COVID-19 on one website here: https://covid19.govt.nz
28 May, RTF media release RTF asks again for RUC relief
12 May, RTF media release Road building a priority for economic recovery
3 May, RTF media release Urgent clarity needed on Transmission Gully
1 May, Nick Leggett’s blog Let’s revert to our Kiwi “can-do” reputation
29 April, RTF CE Nick Leggett thanks truckers, dispatchers and transport operators for keeping our economy going during the Level 4 lockdown with this video via NZ Truck & Driver.
27 April, RTF media release, Thanks to truckers and government for going the extra mile
20 April, RTF media release Alert level change opens up more freight, but delay disappointing
17 April, Nick Leggett’s blog Good news for freight movement
16 April, RTF media release More freight free to move
13 April, NZ Herald, Opinion piece from Nick Leggett Mapping the road out of Level 4 lockdown
6 April, RTF media release Add key roads to new infrastructure spend
3 April, RNZ, Nick Leggett spoke on how things are going for truckers on the road during the lock down. You can listen to that here.
2 April, RNZ, Nick Leggett spoke to Nine to Noon about why the Government shouldn’t term freight non-essential as it breaks the supply chain. You can listen to that here.
2 April, RTF media release Supply chain links vital to essential supplies
31 March, Tranzliquid driver Luke Taylor told TVOne’s Breakfast show what it’s like on the road during the lockdown, including the lack of food and toilets. You can view that here.
26 March, RTF media release All freight is essential and must move
25 March, RNZ, Truckies exempt from lockdown
24 March, RNZ Morning Report, Coronavirus: Essential industries to carry on
24 March 2020, RTF media release Trucks need freedom of movement
Nick Leggett’s blogs: