Due to the increasing number of coronavirus infections, the German government has taken further steps to decrease the spread of the virus. One of these measures is the introduction of mandatory Covid pass or test results at workplaces. This decision also applies to HGV drivers, who will need to provide proof of being covid-free at loading places.
The German government has introduced so-called 3G rules. Workers are only allowed to enter an office, factory or other kinds of workplaces if they have been vaccinated against Covid-19, recovered from the disease, or tested negative.
Employers are required to check and document this daily. Violations can result in a fine of up to 25,000 euros.The regulations are in force until March 19, 2022.
The German logistics industry is concerned about the serious consequences of the new regulations. The covid pass requirement also applies to lorry drivers who drive to different places of loading and unloading in Germany.
In the transport sector, this regulation risks paralyzing supply chains,” Florian Eck, the managing director of the German Transport Forum.
The matter becomes even more complicated when it comes to cross-border deliveries.
“Staff are often vaccinated with unapproved vaccines and cannot test before delivery. Therefore, it is not possible to enter the company’s premises, the delivery should be stopped,” – adds Eck.
“If there are no exceptions [to the 3G rule for the transport industry], traffic jams won’t emerge at the borders this time, but rather in city centres and at the gates of logistics centres,” warns Eck.