Saskatchewan rest areas reopen

The Saskatchewan Trucking Association (STA) is applauding the provincial government reversing its decision to close nine rest stops.

Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure indicated last week that the rest stops would no longer be available to the public, a move that was met with complaints from several motorists, leading to the reversal.

The rest stops in question are located along the Trans-Canada Highway, Hwy 7, and Hwy 9; two of these rest stops are specifically for semi trucks.

Susan Ewart, executive director for the STA, said that the association is delighted with the announcement that the rest stops will remain open.

The STA will be part of a committee that will provide feedback to the government on the future of rest areas in the province.

The STA, along with other provincial trucking associations, have long advocated for additional rest areas for commercial drivers, particularly given the upcoming electronic logging device mandate coming to Canada in 2021.