Despite the current supply chain crisis facing the country as we head into the busy holiday season, President Biden will not take the necessary steps to address the problem. Instead, he’s adding fuel to the fire. President Biden will now require truckers from Canada crossing into the country to be vaccinated against Covid-19.
The Daily Wire reports:
“A senior administration official said the requirement, which the White House previewed in October, brings the rules for essential travelers in line with those that took effect earlier this month for leisure travelers, when the U.S. reopened its borders to fully vaccinated individuals,” the Star-Tribune reported.
Norita Taylor, spokeswoman for the trucking group Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, slammed the decision, saying the Biden administration action showed “how unnecessary government mandates can force experienced owner-operators and independent truckers out of business,” adding, “These requirements are another example of how impractical regulations will send safe drivers off the road.”
CTA president Stephen Laskowski slammed Canada’s recent announcement it would require truck drivers, whether American or Canadian, to be double-vaccinated for COVID-19.
“We are extremely concerned there is a perfect storm brewing,” he asserted. “In light of worldwide supply chain disruptions and delays, it’s unclear how the supply chain and the trucking industry, in particular, can withstand further turmoil and maintain the service levels required to deliver critical products Canadians and Americans need.”
CTA, which said their estimate was a conservative one, claimed that 10-20% of Canadian truck drivers crossing the border (12,000-22,000), and 40% of U.S. truck drivers (16,000) traveling into Canada will quit over the vaccine requirement.