13 Apr 2020
Ref No.: 130420(2)
Dear Valued ASPRI Members,
OVERCOMING COVID-19 TOGETHER:
SAFE DISTANCING MEASURES FOR LORRIES
1/2. MOM ADVIOSRY ON SAFE DISTANCING MEASURES FOR LORRIES
On 3rd April 2020, the Multi-Ministry announced an elevated set of safe distancing measures was implemented as a circuit breaker to reduce the local transmission of COVID-19. The aim is to significantly reduce the physical movement and interactions in all places.
We will like to share that MOM and LTA require employers and lorry owners to adopt safe distancing measures when ferrying workers. From Monday, 13th April 2020, JTC will be enforcing safe distancing requirements on transports (Lorries) going in and out of Jurong Island. Vehicles with a full load of workers will be turn away at the checkpoint.
Please take immediate steps to prepare your transport and brief your workers on this measure. Refer to MOM Advisory for more information: https://www.mom.gov.sg/covid-19/advisory-for-safe-distancing-measures-for-lorries
Employers and lorry owners must adopt safe distancing measures at the back of lorries
The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and the Land Transport Authority (LTA) require employers and lorry owners to also adopt safe distancing measures when ferrying workers involved in providing essential services on lorries. The measures include to:
a. Review the maximum seating capacity for each lorry to ensure that workers are able to maintain a safe distance of 1m from each other while seated at the back of the lorry.
b. Mark out with labels or other demarcation for workers to identify an appropriate location to sit.
c. Communicate to your workers and lorry drivers to ensure effective implementation of these safe distancing measures.
These measures are necessary to reduce the risks of COVID-19 transmission amongst workers during this challenging period. If necessary, employers should make provisions for additional trips or lorries.
Employers and lorry owners are expected to comply with the above immediately until the end of the circuit breaker or when notified by the authorities.
2/2. JTC MEASURES ON SAFE DISTANCING
In line with the social distancing guidelines, JTC has put in place social distancing, good hygiene, and cleaning measures at the checkpoint to mitigate against transmission of the virus. These include placing markings of 1m spacing on the floors of our PDL arrival halls and pass offices. Please advise your employees to observe these markings for social distancing.
Officers are deployed at the PDL arrival halls to dispatch the commuters in batches alighting from vehicles to prevent congregation of people. Please advise your employees not to alight immediately upon reaching the PDL arrival halls but to wait for the instructions of the officers instead. This is to prevent overcrowding at the arrival halls.
To safeguard public health and safety, we have set up temperature stations throughout the checkpoint to screen commuters and deny entry to those who are unwell. We have also further enhanced good hygiene practices by setting up “contactless” facial recognition clearance for some turnstiles at the bus arrival hall, and placed hand sanitisers after all turnstiles for commuters’ use once they clear and walk through.
Last but not least, we have stepped up the frequency of cleaning of the common areas and equipment such as turnstiles, machines etc.
Due to the extra measures in place, it may take longer to clear the checkpoint than usual. We seek your understanding in this matter.