NSW Freight and the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Last updated: Monday 6 April 2020

Keeping essential services running

Transport for NSW understands the critical role that all modes of transport are playing as the state deals with the COVID-19 outbreak. TfNSW are working closely with other jurisdictions and the freight industry to ensure the continued movement of essential goods across roads, ports and rail in NSW.

Updates and announcements

6 April 2020

To assist the movement of freight, Transport for NSW have decided to suspend the usual oversize overmass (OSOM) daytime travel restrictions this Easter (2020). This decision has been made as a direct result of COVID-19 and applies only for Easter 2020.

Generally, there is no day time travel allowed for OSOM vehicles over the Easter long weekend from sunrise on Good Friday through to sunset on Easter Monday. These restrictions will not apply this Easter.

All over-dimensional movements will be permitted to operate as ‘business as usual’ either under Permit or Notice.

Please note: Movements requiring NSW Police escorts may not be possible due to Police availability during the COVID-19 response.

Further information can be found at NSW Oversize and/or overmass (OSOM) vehicles and loads.

Alternatively, contact the Special Permits Unit on 1300 656 371 for intrastate permits, and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator on 1300 696 487 for interstate permits 

Updates and announcements

27 March 2020

COVID-19 and cross-border transport

There is no restriction on interstate movement into NSW for rail and road transport.

For road transport, this means that NSW permits travel for all light and heavy vehicles undertaking a commercial task or travelling to or from a commercial task such as employees travelling to or from work.

At all times it is critical for operators in truck and train cabs to maintain personal hygiene and social distancing of 1.5 metres where possible. View or download the Social distancing fact sheet.

Self-isolation for heavy vehicle drivers including during fatigue rest breaks interstate should be practiced.

Industry is encouraged to remain abreast of jurisdictional travel requirements before travelling interstate.

For the latest travel information please ensure you check Live Traffic NSW before undertaking any cross border journeys


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