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New Testing Regime Unveiled For International Hauliers

All hauliers who have travelled to England from outside the UK who are set to stay for more than two days must be tested for Covid-19 within 48 hours of arriving under new regulations.

According to a government announcement, international arrivals who are exempt from quarantining, such as drivers of haulage equipment, will need to be tested from 6th April, and these tests will continue every three days the driver is in the country.

As well as hauliers, international rail drivers and crew, airline pilots and crew as well as other essential workers who need to work internationally will be included in this new scheme.

This new scheme aims to ensure that these essential workers can continue to move freely in as safe a manner as possible.

Dedicated testing sites have been set up across the strategic road network to make it easier to get tested, although workplace testing programmes, community testing programmes and self-testing lateral flow kits are also available for testing anywhere.

As well as this, international hauliers will be required to self-isolate in their cabs throughout their time in England, and are only allowed for a limited set of reasons, such as buying food, exercising or getting a Covid-19 test.

If a haulage driver tests positive, they will be expected to self-isolate, either at home, with family or friends in the UK or in dedicated hotel accommodation.

Fines of up to £1,000 could be handed out to drivers who are found to have broken self-isolation rules, and up to £2,000 for drivers who do not comply with the new requirements.

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