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ATA files formal request for truck driver exemption from possible vax mandate


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Jason Cannon, CCJ chief editor

Oct 21, 2021

American Trucking Associations (ATA) President and CEO Chris Spear on Thursday submitted to the White House a formal request that truck drivers be exempt from President Joe Biden's looming vaccine and COVID testing mandate. 

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) last week sent its vaccine mandate recommendation, the details of which have not been made public, for review. Spear said his group has been in "constant communication" with administration officials to convey its "serious concerns over the impact such a policy will have on the trucking industry and our ability to keep the nation’s supply lines moving."

Spear penned the letter to Sharon Block, acting administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs – the White House office responsible for reviewing the draft Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) before it can go into effect. 


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REPORT: 38,000 Cross-Border Truckers Will ‘Immediately Exit’ Due to Vaccine Mandate

October 22, 2021

By Transportation Nation Network

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) is warning of increased “supply chain disruptions” should the United States follow through on its recently announced cross-border vaccine mandate.

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that beginning in “early January” of 2022, all inbound foreign national travelers — including truckers — must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and provide related proof of vaccination.

The announcement quickly drew criticism and concern among those who operate cross-border trucking businesses.

In fact, one top Canadian trucking executive asserted the mandate would result in a “disaster.”


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