OOIDA Pens Letter to Biden and Trudeau Urging Them to Drop Border Restrictions For Truckers
Washington, D.C. — The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) is urging both U.S. President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to exempt truckers from newly imposed border restrictions.
In new letters penned to each leader, OOIDA President and CEO Todd Spencer called the new cross-border COVID-19 vaccination requirements for truckers “arbitrary.”
“Since commercial drivers spend the majority of their time alone in their vehicle and outside, there is no evidence that truckers present a higher risk of spreading the virus,” Spencer wrote. “We support efforts from your government to combat the spread of COVID-19, however we cannot endorse short-sighted policies that disrupt commerce, put truckers out of work, and create shortages for essential supplies.”
Spencer also expressed frustration about the impact the “heavy-handed” mandates are having on cross-border truckers who have chosen not to take the series of injections — which the latest data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate neither stops the contraction nor transmission of the virus.
“Many drivers have elected not to operate cross-border under the new rules, while others continue to experience excessive wait times at border entry points because of the new protocols. This has intensified existing challenges facing North American freight networks and the supply chain and has resulted in higher prices for consumers,” Spencer stated.
OOIDA represents over 150,000 members in North America including nearly 1,000 Canadian drivers.
Historic ongoing protests over vaccination mandates in Canada are being largely led by truckers.
The movement could soon be coming to America as a protest dubbed “The People’s Convoy” is currently in the works with plans to begin in California no later than March 1.
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