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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

OSHA Vaccine Mandate Update for Trucking Businesses

Update from the ATA & LMTA

October 13, 2021

From the American Trucking Associations & Louisiana Motor Transport Association


The Administration's OSHA vaccine mandate was sent to the White House for review this evening. The ATA and LMTA are working to ensure the ultimate rule, if and when it issues, takes into account the vital work that our members do every day in delivering life-saving COVID vaccines, medical supplies and the necessities of life. In fact, we have done our work as safely as was possible during the pandemic and have explained that to the administration.

 

The Administration’s approach has obvious problems and potentially dire consequences, which we have already communicated, including: 

  • In trucking, a very small portion of the industry has more than 100 employees. If these mandates are designed to actually better protect all Americans, how are employee lives at a smaller employer less important?

  • Truck drivers spend most of their work hours alone in the cab of a truck – literally one of the safest places possible during a pandemic – so why do they need to be regulated in this way. 

  • Testing hundreds of thousands of truck drivers moving across the country every day is a virtual impossibility.   


We have made these issues known to the Administration as well as the inevitable effects on the nation’s supply chain. Assuming the Administration moves forward without heeding our concerns, we will be examining all options and choose a path that protects our industry and the 80% of the country that depends on us.


We will keep you updated with additional details.


Best,

Chris Spear

President & CEO of the ATA

Renee Amar

Executive Director of the LMTA