U.S. Solo Drivers exempt from vaccine mandate

Solo drivers exempt from vaccine mandate applying to large companies.

The United States has stated that solo drivers will be exempt from the vaccine mandate that currently applies to businesses with more than 100 employees. It is important to note that this does not apply to the cross-border driver vaccine mandate.

The new exemption for solo drivers does not apply to cross-border operations. Those looking to cross the Canada-U.S. border will need to provide proof of vaccination come January 2022.

Drivers looking to complete cross-border operations will still need to show proof of vaccination at border crossings starting January 2022.

Solo drivers exempt from vaccine mandate because they have limited contacts during work.

This exemption applies to employees who work entirely out of doors, remotely, or have limited contact with others indoors. It has been stated that solo drivers fit within this category and do not have to get vaccinated.

The American Trucking Association (ATA) is still hoping that Occupation Health and Safety will continue to review the mandate that comes into effect January 4th to remove the mandate from large companies with more than 100 employees as the drivers employed by these companies work in the same environment as their smaller and solo counterparts.

The ATA is currently filing a challenge to the vaccine mandate with the U.S. Court of Appeals and have been joined by others in this pursuit.

Currently there are no mandates issued for trucking companies in Canada.