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An officer from the Road Policing Task Force intercepted the heavy vehicle on the Bruce Highway at Murrumba Downs around 1.30pm on Wednesday.

Police bodycam image of the truck that was stopped. Photo Queensland Police.

The 27-year-old male truck driver crossed the Queensland border at Coolangatta using a freight category border declaration pass, however police allege a 21-year-old woman was also travelling in the vehicle without a declaration pass.

The 21-year-old Saint Clair woman and the Jordan Springs man were each issued with a $4,003 Penalty Infringement Notice (PIN) for failing to comply with Queensland’s COVID-19 Border Direction.

A string of heavy vehicle traffic infringements totalling $1,305 were also issued to the driver, including for the vehicle being over-length and for failing to record information in a work diary.

Queensland’s border restrictions mean anyone who has been in a COVID-19 hotspot within the last 14 days cannot enter the state unless they have a valid border declaration pass.

A separate declaration pass is required for everyone entering Queensland and all people travelling together must be eligible to enter the state.

More information about the Queensland Border Declaration Pass is available here.


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