It’s a new year but it feels like so much has happened already in 2022! I don’t think that is unusual for this fast-paced industry. Let’s take a look at some news that caught our eye but you might have missed.
Rules & Regulations
‘Mass confusion’ amid changing messaging on trucker vaccine mandate: industry leader – “Industry experts are expressing concerns that this week’s confusion on the new COVID-19 vaccine mandate for truckers may leave some drivers, who were under the impression they would be exempt, stuck if they are already en route, or facing two weeks with no paycheque while undergoing quarantine.”
Truck drivers paying price for border vaccine confusion – “Government officials reinforced the quarantine and testing demands in a meeting with industry groups on Wednesday afternoon. Hours later, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) notified media that Canadian drivers would not face quarantine requirements. By Thursday afternoon government officials reinforced the original mandate, saying that the reversal was in error.”
CTA-Government of Canada Joint Statement on Labour-Supply Chain Issues in Trucking – “The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, the Minister of Labour, the Honourable Seamus O’Regan, the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, and the President of the Canadian Trucking Alliance, Stephen Laskowski, issued the following statement”
Tech & Safety
Survey: EV Trucks Not Meeting Vocational Fleet Demands Yet – “No matter which side of the fence you’re on, the answers to our latest survey probably won’t come as a surprise: fleet managers still feel there are too many unknowns when it comes to EV trucks to make them a viable selection. Work Truck collected a total of 149 fleet professional responses (143 completed and 6 partially completed surveys) from January 7 to 23, 2022. All respondents manage a fleet that includes light- and/or medium-duty trucks or vans, and currently operate at least one EV truck, van, or piece of equipment.”
Veteran Truckers Share Tips All New Truckers Should Know – “The reality is that no trucking school or driver training program can anticipate every potential problem that truckers might encounter. In this blog post, we asked veteran truckers to reveal some of the tricks of the trade they had to learn the hard way.”
Women In Trucking Survey Highlights Need For Improved Safety – “We need to create a safer environment if we want to bring more women into this industry,” Voie reportedly said. “Our research has shown that women rate their level of safety as a female driver at 4.4 on a scale of 10. This is unacceptable, as we should all feel safe in our work environment.”
Safe Truck Parking Movement Gains Traction in 2022 – “The efforts of trucking organizations to include more safe parking space in the $1.2 trillion infrastructure spending package appear to have fallen on deaf ears. But that has not deterred advocates and private-sector companies from advancing the cause.”
B.C. highways continue to reopen – The Coquihalla Highway has reopened to regular vehicle traffic between Hope and Merritt, B.C., on Jan. 19.
On the Lighter Side
Trooper digs out 2 semi-trucks, 12 four-wheelers by hand – A Tennessee Trooper picked up a shovel and took matters into his own hands after a snowstorm left Interstate 75 treacherous for travel, stranding drivers of all kinds.