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Avoiding OPSEU roadblocks

QUEEN'S PARK, Ont. -- With the Ontario Public Services Employees Union (OPSEU) strike in its third week, the lack o...

QUEEN’S PARK, Ont. — With the Ontario Public Services Employees Union (OPSEU) strike in its third week, the lack of IRP and commercial plate renewals has caused a number of companies grief.

Although many jurisdictions are still regarding IRP registrations that expired during the strike as valid, some places are asking for more specific backup information.

With the help of the Ontario Trucking Association, here is a summary of how Canadian and U.S. jurisdictions are handling the truckers caught in the middle of the massive work stoppage.

In Canadian IRP member jurisdictions:

New Brunswick: will honor expired Mar 2002 as long as N.B. is on the Cab Card. Regular commercial not subject to trip permits.

Manitoba: must appear on Cab Card, regular permit issue date Mar. 13 or later — fees collected retroactively.

Quebec and Saskatchewan: will accept IRP but regular commercial are subject to trip permit.

Alberta: variable vehicle with RGW less than 11,800kg allowed full and free. All others must get trip permits.

B.C.: will recognize regular commercial plates/permit issued on or after Mar. 13.

Newfoundland: regular commercial plates effective Mar. 11 to June 30.

Nova Scotia and P.E.I.: will accept IRP and regular commercial plates.

South of the border, in the U.S.:

Indiana: will accept IRP, three-day trip permit (for commercial plates) must be purchased prior to entry.

Idaho, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Oklahoma, Kansas, Louisiana, New York, New Jersey, Kentucky, Texas, South Dakota, Maine, Michigan, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, Illinois, Minnesota and Montana: will accept IRP, trip permit needed for commercial plates.

California, Connecticut, Ohio, Oregon, North Carolina, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming, Mississippi, South Carolina and Maryland: will accept both IRP and regular commercial plates.

Colorado: will accept both IRP and regular commercial plates but only until Apr. 15.

Florida: will likely accept IRP and trip permit for commercial plates (still to be confirmed).

Vermont: will accept IRP but no regular commercial plates and the recognition of extension will be reviewed weekly.

Iowa and Tennessee: will accept IRP but regular commercial plates are to be confirmed.

U.S. states that have yet to reply to Ontario’s requests for leniency: Washington, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Delaware, Washington D.C. and Georgia.

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