N.B. exempts truckers from travel registration

New Brunswick has decided to exempt all truck drivers from travel registration, official documents reveal. Last week, the government announced that anyone entering the province after Sept. 21 must register their travel through the New Brunswick Travel Registration Program.

The Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association (APTA) had said last Friday that New Brunswick’s latest Covid-19 restrictions for travelers would affect the trucking industry. This morning it was able to announce: “After careful consideration, the province of NB has decided to exempt all truck drivers from travel registration.”

Travelers entering New Brunswick after Sept. 21 must register their travel through the New Brunswick Travel Registration Program. (Photo: iStock)
Travelers entering New Brunswick after Sept. 21 must register their travel through the New Brunswick Travel Registration Program. (Photo: iStock)

“As we are in the fourth wave of the pandemic, it is imperative that we do what is needed to protect our residents while living with the reality that the virus is still with us,” Premier Blaine Higgs said in a news release last week.

Isolation requirements are also not being imposed on commercial drivers, APTA’s executive director Jean-Marc Picard said in an email on Monday. The provincial government had said that if proof of vaccination could not be provided, a traveler had to self-isolate for 14 days. The self-isolation could end after 10 days, upon receiving a negative Covid-19 test result.

Any individual or business that fails to follow the new regulations may be subject to fines ranging between $172.50 and $772.50.

  • This story has been updated to reflect that an initial requirement affecting truckers has been lifted.

Leo Barros is the associate editor of Today’s Trucking. He has been a journalist for more than two decades, holds a CDL and has worked as a longhaul truck driver. Reach him at leo@newcom.ca

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  • The world has gone crazy. I am double vaccinated but registering to travel delivering goods they need. No thanks I’ve been out here 50 years I’m 68 with a clean record. Time to go home.

    • Bill, please don’t retire. Work as long as you are able, because when I go down the highway, I would rather travel with people like you, who have a clean record, who know what they’re doing, as opposed to the many poor drivers that I see on the road.

  • Well I guess I’ll be retiring for good! I’m semi retired now I’m doing this because I enjoy it. Maybe if you’re paying nine dollars for a turnup and $50 for a bag of potatoes things might get a little more realistic.
    It’s like the HOS rules and all the changes over the last few years, the government has no idea what they’re doing and listen to lobbyists to keep moving the goal posts to control us more.

  • How hypocritical can you be? When everyone was to stay home last year it was alright for drivers to deliver goods all over the province. And now you’re going to play head games on these men and woman that kept your food and medical supply going last year. Ya that’s the way we say thanks to our hero’s lest park them for 14 days .

  • To all the people in the trucking industry men and women let’s please pick a date and shut the country down so the government starts listening to us I would say the best time to do it would be from December 20 till January 2, 2022 all the truckers reading this please send messages to the rest of the truck drivers so we can get this organized thank you