Trucking Association Questions Border COVID-19 Requirements In Canada
Canada trucking associations are calling out the federal government plans’ to require that border-crossing truckers submit their information and travel information via the new ArriveCAN app, as well as the proposals that would require drivers to submit recent coronavirus test results.
The Canadian federal government mandated that non-essential travellers going into the country submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test, no older than 72 hours at the time of crossing, but the truckers of logistic companies like Titan Transline are counted as essential workers and, as such, are exempt from such requirements, only requiring a series of questions.
Public Safety Minister Bill Blair noted that the government is exploring whether or not truck drivers should be included in testing requirements, which has resulted in the discussion flaring up again.
Blair stated that they’re working with the Public Health Agency of Canada and health authorities in the provinces, considering the implementation of a system for regularly testing essential workers and truck drivers that move across the land order in order to keep them safe and ensure they’re not infected.
The Canadian Trucking Alliance released a statement on the matter, saying that COVID-19 spread amongst truckers have been minimal and noted that long-haul and cross-border trucking is, by its nature, self-isolating with limited contact with people.
They’ve gone on record to say that they’re not supporting any mandatory COVID testing of truckers at the border, noting that a lot of border openings aren’t really equipped to deal with such a system, or be able to turn a trucker around because of a lack of a negative test.
The CTA warns that this mandate could lead to massive congestion at Canada’s border crossings, which can lead to drivers running out of hours.
The trucking association, instead, is asking the federal government to consider voluntary testing sites at truck stops and rest areas that truckers go through regularly anyway, rather than risk them causing problems at the border crossings themselves.
Additionally, the CTA and the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada have raised concerns regarding the proposal to require all travellers to submit medical and travel information and a quarantine plan via the ArriveCAN app.