No COVID-19-free document required for drivers transporting goods within 19 southern localities hinh anh 1Illustrative image (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA)
– Drivers transporting goods within 19 southern localities undertaking social distancing measures are allowed to operate without showing their COVID-19-free document, agreed participants at a meeting held by Ministry of Transport (MoT) on July 19.

According to the MoT, the new rule aims to ensure smooth and fast goods transport among the localities.

However, drivers wishing to travel from the 19 localities to other regions with lower level of anti-pandemic measures must provide a negative COVID-19 test certificate conducted within 72 hours.

Transport facilities and associations were requested to educate drivers in strictly implementing regulations in pandemic prevention and control.

Reporting on the prolonged traffic congestion in the gateway to Hai Phong on July 18-19, leaders of the northern city said that on July 17, the city discovered two drivers who were travelling from the south to the city positive for SARS-CoV-2. After that, the city has classified vehicles into two groups of high risk and low risk of COVID-19 spreading for easier management.

Transport Minister Nguyen Van The said that the ministry has formed a special working team, along with four inspection teams to ensure transportation activities are conducted in line with COVID-19 prevention and control regulations in 19 southern cities and provinces. He asked the localities to work closely with the teams to deal with emerging problems.

According to the Directorate for Roads of Vietnam, on July 19, four inspection teams of the ministry examined activities at checkpoints in roads and seaports as well as internal water ports in six provinces. No serious congestion or violations were reported./.