As truck drivers are essential to the movement of goods they are exempt from the 14-day isolation period after returning to Saskatchewan. However, drivers are asked to:
- practice proactive hygiene including handwashing;
- adhere to social distancing (maintain a distance of 2m from others);
- closely self-monitor; and
- self-isolate should they exhibit any symptoms.
Hours of Service
In response to COVID-19, the hours of service regulations for commercial truck drivers is being temporarily modified.
The exemption applies to:
- medical supplies and equipment related to testing, diagnosis and treatment;
- supplies and equipment necessary for community safety and sanitation, such as masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap and disinfectants;
- food, paper products and other groceries for emergency restocking of distribution centres or stores;
- raw materials, such as paper, plastic or alcohol, required for the manufacture of medical supplies, sanitation items and safe distribution of groceries;
- equipment, supplies and people to establish and manage temporary housing, quarantine, and isolation facilities;
- people designated by Federal, Provincial/Territorial or local authorities for medical, isolation, or quarantine purposes; and
- people needed to provide other medical or emergency services.
Please note: Mixed loads of essential goods and non-essential goods will not be exempt from the Provincial Hours of Service regulations. Carriers wanting to switch from transporting essential goods and supplies to non-essential goods and supplies will be required to take a minimum of 8 consecutive hours of rest and follow the provincial regulations as normal.
It is still recommended carriers continue to track their driver's operation.
Drivers are encouraged to monitor their ability and level of alertness to prevent driving while impaired due to fatigue. Once a driver determines their ability to operate safely has been reduced, they must take the appropriate measures to get adequate rest and drivers should take a break of 24 hours after 14 continuous days working.
Guidelines – Federal Hours of Service Regulations
The guidelines can be found on Transport Canada’s website.