See how COVID-19 Coronavirus is impacting the trucking industry.
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is impacting every industry in the United States; and around the world. One thing is for sure, truck drivers are needed now, perhaps more than ever before. As Americans run low on the essential products they need during this time of uncertainty, drivers are scrambling to make on-time deliveries; all while staying safe out on the road. Here's a list of Coronavirus (COVID-19) related News and Resources ...
FMCSA Relieves Commercial Vehicle Guidelines
In order to help with some of these urgent situations, the FMCSA has relieved some of the regulatory guidelines for commercial vehicles including HOS (Hours of Service) on essential goods delivery. Here's a better understanding:
FMCSA’s declaration provides for regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicle operations providing direct assistance supporting emergency relief efforts intended to meet immediate needs for:
- Medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis, and treatment of COVID-19.
- Supplies and equipment, including masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap and disinfectants, necessary for the healthcare worker, patient and community safety, sanitation, and prevention of COVID-19 spread in communities.
- Food for emergency restocking of stores.
- Equipment, supplies, and persons necessary for the establishment and management of temporary housing and quarantine facilities related to COVID-19.
- Persons designated by Federal, State or local authorities for transport for medical, isolation or quarantine purposes.
- Personnel to provide medical or other emergency services.
Note: To ensure continued safety on the nation’s roadways, the emergency declaration stipulates that once a driver has completed his or her delivery, the driver must receive a minimum of 10 hours off duty if transporting property, and 8 hours if transporting passengers.
American Trucking Association Letter
American Trucking Association (ATA) President & Chief Executive Officer, Chris Spear, has written a letter to President, Donald J. Trump and Vice President, Mike Pence requesting the following:
"On behalf of the trucking industry, we are writing to ask your assistance to assure that trucks are able to continue to safely deliver medicine, food, fuel, water, and other basic necessities to communities and homes. Mail and parcel delivery is also essential when Americans are avoiding public places and receive supplies and checks at home. Governments, especially state and local executives, are issuing important guidance –closures and restrictions –to help slow and stop the spread of the virus in impacted communities. Let me assure you, the trucks are delivering vital supplies to communities now, but confusion and lack of clarity are causing delays and problems. As governments consider public health decisions to limit travel, shelter in place, close public facilities and quarantine communities, we ask that you consider trucking with these specific policies:
- Exempt trucking services for the delivery of essential goods explicitly from restrictions. Guidelines that make clear the role of shipping necessities by truck will ensure smooth resupply and delivery.
- As many states shutter their DMV facilities, support the ability of the trucking industry to continue to provide critical services by providing alternatives for drivers who need to renew or obtain commercial drivers licensing credentials.
- Keep rest stops open –commercial drivers have temporary relief from Hours of Service regulations, but they must manage fatigue as they respond to this emergency, and rest stops are an irreplaceable component, along with commercial truck stops.
- Provide guidance for the health of drivers, including possible testing for COVID-19. Clear guidance on public health assets is important to our employees, just like it is for all other Americans, and our drivers are typically away from home."
Truck Stop Updates
Love's Travel Centers
Love's Nationwide Travel Stops and Truck Service Locations are making changes to accommodate the health restrictions as well as the needs for drivers during the Coronavirus pandemic. You can see the latest Love's COVID-19 related updates here.
Pilot Flying J Travel Centers
Pilot Flying J has 780 travel centers throughout the United States and Canada that are open. They're ready to provide fuel, restrooms, showers and laundry services to truck drivers during this time. Get the latest updates from Pilot Flying J centers here.
TravelCenters of America/Petro
TA and Petro shopping centers are open and ready to serve truck drivers during this time. Get a state by state breakdown on services available at each location here.
Food and Parking for Truck Drivers
While most travel centers and truck stops are open during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we have seen reports of drivers struggling to find food and adequate parking. Fortunately, many businesses are stepping up to the plate to help by opening their lots to truckers for parking and offering to get food for drivers when needed. Get a full list of businesses helping drivers now.
More Coronavirus COVID-19 Trucking Resources
We will continue to add more resources for truck drivers as the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic continues. As we all know, the situation throughout the United States and the rest of the world is rapidly changing. We'll do our best to keep you updated with how the trucking industry is being impacted and what resources are helpful for truck drivers.