Truck drivers exempt from B.C.’s 14-day self-isolation plan document

by Today's Trucking

VICTORIA, B.C. – The Province of B.C. has enacted new measures for anyone entering the province, regardless of their point of entry, with the exception of commercial drivers unless they are or become symptomatic of Covid-19.

The new regulation originally required truck drivers entering the province to complete, file, and have an approved plan for 14 days of isolation, but said they would be exempt from following through with the plan unless they were showing coronavirus symptoms.

Over the weekend, the B.C. government clarified the new requirements, saying as an essential service, truck drivers were exempt from having to complete the 14-day isolation plan and would not have to submit a document upon entry into the province.

If a commercial driver shows symptoms of Covid-19, the regulation states the following: “If a commercial driver arrives at a major land border crossing and is symptomatic, and needs additional supports to execute a self-isolation plan, they will be sent directly home to start self-isolating and will be followed up with by officials for additional support. If a commercial driver arrives at a major land border crossing and is symptomatic and does not have a self-isolation plan, or is unable to safely carry one out as determined by officials, they may be transported or sent to an accommodation provided by government where they can safely complete their 14-day self-isolation.”

The new measures apply to anyone who has been outside of Canada, and must be complete every time they enter into B.C.

The B.C. Trucking Association is strongly recommending all carriers to provide their drivers with blank copies of the document to self-isolate to avoid issues when crossing back into the province from the U.S.

Provincial officials will be on hand at major land crossings and the Vancouver International Airport to ensure self-isolation plans are complete.

A copy of the self-isolation document can be found here:

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  • There is no point having a plan that tells people to stay home without a plan for truck drivers ( if sick)and the homeless to have bathrooms to use wash up their clothes and where they will be staying. I would be very concerned about people coming from certain places in the U S by truck and not staying in a hotel room with reduced services available to them. I would be concerned that the homeless could pickup coron 19 from them and spread it to the general population. B C and Ontario Canada still have many homeless living on the street. Some truck drivers do not have a place to self isolate if they get sick. Many pilots need to have plans for their care as well.

  • Stop the government bullying! The models were wrong from the beginning and their still wrong ! Isolate the vulnerable and those with compromised Am mine systems not the whole Provence ! Why are liquor stores deemed essential and pot houses and box stores but not mom and pop businesses? What utter corruption ! Wake up people to what’s really going on here ! BIG government…… small PEOPLE!!!

  • Many truck drivers in B.C. are of East Indian origin & as such, many live in houses with extended family members, brothers, sisters, mum, dad, grandpa, etc. Now before anyone accuses me of being “racist” let me say that this living arrangement makes perfect sense during normal times. However, with Covid 19 here, how safe is it for that truck driver to return to their home after a trip through the U.S. The potential to pass it onto to other family members, who then go out into the general population is huge.

    I believe for now, truckers should drop off their southbound trailers at the border, where they are collected by a U.S. resident trucker, who then delivers it to it’s final destination within the U.S. Northbound trailers could likewise be unhooked at the border for a resident Canadian trucker to deliver to it’s destination within Canada.

    This would be limiting work for Canadian truckers, as our major population centres are within a few hours of the border, so less time would be needed on the Canadian side to get those shipments to their point of delivery, re-loaded & back to the border again.

    Also, I am a trucker, so I do have a good idea of what I am talking about.