In the past drivers parked their rigs on the ferry and walked off. Another driver picked up the vehicle when the ferry landed.
But on May 26 Coastal Transport announced that because of liability issues vehicles had to be accompanied on the crossing.
The Saint John company has a 15-year contract with the province for the operation and maintenance of all Fundy Isles ferry services including Deer Island.
Trucking company officials told media there was no logic in the new policy. They said it would be a waste of money and manpower for them to pay a driver to sit during the crossing.
According to CTV News, the NB Department of Transportation said the policy was not new, it had just never been enforced.