TCA Supports the Efforts of Senators Opposing the Cross-Border Vaccine Mandate

12/13/2021

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia:

As you know, the issue of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), better known as the ‘vaccine mandate,’ has been of high concern for TCA and the truckload industry that we represent. While the ETS is currently being litigated in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the United States and Canada intend to implement mutual vaccine mandates on cross-border professional truck drivers, a group which had previously been exempt from similar mandates based on their essential status. Recognizing the impact this cross-border vaccine mandate would have on our industry, fourteen United States Senators sent a letter to the President on Friday, December 10 condemning the proposed mandate.

TCA applauds the action of these fourteen Senators and thanks them for watching out for the trucking industry, the backbone of the American economy. A cross-border vaccine mandate would drastically undercut the trucking industry’s already diminished capacity and add yet another pain point to the already fractured supply chain.

The compliance date for American drivers entering Canada is January 15, 2022. The expected compliance date for Canadian drivers entering the U.S. is January 22, 2022, though that has not yet been formally announced. As these dates grow near, we encourage every TCA member to reach out to their elected officials to oppose the cross-border vaccine mandates for our essential workforce. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to myself or TCA staff. We will keep you updated of any new developments as they unfold.

Thank you,

David Heller
Vice President, Government Affairs