OPP warn motorists to expect delays from Mississauga to Clarington as trucker convoy makes its way to Ottawa


Published January 26, 2022 at 9:25 am

The OPP is advising motorists to prepare for delays on Highway 401 in the coming days as a convoy of truckers and others opposed to vaccine requirements for cross-border essential workers makes its way from British Columbia to Ottawa for a ‘freedom rally’ on Parliament Hill this weekend.

The police force has issued a Traffic Advisory for highways 401, 417, 17 and 416, predicting an increase in commercial motor vehicle traffic on the roads as demonstrations may periodically delay or interrupt the normal flow of traffic.

The advisory asks motorists to be prepared for potential slowdowns with the convoy expected to hold up one lane of traffic. “Be patient and exercise care.”

“The OPP’s objective is to maintain the safe flow of traffic and, when delays occur, restore traffic flow in the safest manner possible. The OPP is also working with those who may organize demonstration events to provide a safe and peaceful opportunity to exercise their lawful rights while minimizing the impact on the traveling public, where possible.”

The Canadian Trucking Alliance has estimated that about 15 per cent of truckers — as many as 16,000 — are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19. It has strongly denounced any protests on public roadways, highways, and bridges and has urged all truckers to get inoculated.

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