South Australia’s strengthened border closure with Victoria has been questioned just hours after it came into effect with a truck driver claiming authorities waved through at least 80 trucks overnight without checking them.
- The truck driver said he lined up for hours before being let through without a check
- SA Police said more trucks came through the checkpoint than were anticipated
- SA’s hard border closure with Victoria came into effect from midnight
South Australians can no longer return to their home state from Victoria unless they are essential travellers, with the new restrictions starting at one minute past midnight last night.
It’s among a raft of new restrictions designed to prevent Melbourne’s surging coronavirus crisis spreading west into South Australia.
However, truck driver Steve, who did not provide his surname, has cast doubt on how well authorities are cracking down at the border just hours after the restrictions came into effect.
He said he crossed the border on the Dukes Highway travelling into Victoria at about 10:00pm last night and there was a queue of semi-trailers about 2-3-kilometres long.
He said the change in rules meant on his return trip to enter back into SA at about 1:45am he was stuck in a queue behind semi-trailers for hours despite having pre-approval.
When finally reaching the front of the queue at about 3:00am, he said all the trucks in line were then waved through at once, without being checked for permits.
“Straight through … 80 trucks launched it straight away … I’m surprised there wasn’t a fatal.”
He said there was still a lot of confusion among truck drivers as to what they needed to do to get into South Australia.