Ministers welcome rapid testing scheme for Northern Ireland hauliers | Newry Times

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Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021

The introduction of rapid testing for Northern Ireland hauliers heading to France has been welcomed by Health Minister Robin Swann and Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon.


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With immediate effect, freight drivers are able to book online to access the established asymptomatic test sites at Queen’s University (Whitla Hall) and Ulster University (Belfast, Jordanstown, Coleraine and Magee campuses).



The testing will be undertaken using Lateral Flow Devices (LFDs), drivers are expected to receive their results within an hour of the test being taken.

This follows constructive engagement involving the Department of Health and the Department for Infrastructure, which regulates the haulage industry, local Universities and representatives of the freight haulage sector in a collaborative effort to support drivers and reduce potential disruption and delays as they carry goods across to Europe.


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The French Government requires that freight drivers travelling from the UK and the Republic of Ireland can only enter France if they can provide evidence of a negative LFD test result from a test taken within 72 hours prior to travel.

Health Minister Robin Swann welcomed the provision of the service for freight hauliers in Northern Ireland and thanked both Universities for agreeing to provide this service through their established network of test sites.

“The requirement for a negative test result for those drivers travelling to France has created a demand for testing in Northern Ireland prior to departure.



“I recognise the importance of providing this testing which will play a part in reducing the risks to drivers and their goods travelling to the ports across the UK and Ireland.”

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon said, “This collaborative approach will ensure that drivers can commence their journey confident of being able to reach their destination without undue delay.

“I am pleased to work in partnership with the Department of Health, the local Universities and the haulage industry on the introduction of this important testing service. 

She added, “I urge those working in the haulage industry to familiarise themselves with these new arrangements which aim to minimise disruption in the transportation of lorries and goods across Europe.”



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