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Driver issuesNewsTrucking Regulation

ATA appeals to White House for driver provisions

Trucking’s most powerful lobbying group is asking the Trump administration to help balance federal, state and local government restrictions with the needs of truck drivers and carriers as the industry grapples with the effects of the coronavirus crisis.

In a letter addressed to President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, American Trucking Associations (ATA) President and CEO Chris Spear asserted that while trucks are delivering vital supplies such as medical supplies, food, and fuel, “confusion and lack of clarity are causing delays and problems” in the wake of decisions by governments to limit travel and close public facilities.

In his March 17 letter, Spear asked that the White House assist in several policy modifications that would directly affect truck drivers:

  • Provide alternatives for drivers who need to renew or obtain commercial driver’s licensing credentials as many states shutter DMV facilities.
  • 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.

Spear also asked that the White House urge governments to exempt trucking services for essential goods delivery explicitly from government closures and restrictions, including guidelines “that make clear the role of shipping necessities by truck will ensure smooth resupply and delivery.”

Absent the policy changes, Spear said, “it will be more difficult to ensure that the shelves are stocked and emergency supplies reach first responders and medical personnel.”

Trucking is among a growing number of industries appealing directly to the White House for assistance and clarity in the COVID-19 emergency as worries about its effect on supply chains continues to grow.

According to railroad operator Kansas City Southern [NYSE: KSU], railroads have been communicating with the White House and other government agencies about the need to keep supply chains open and support critical transportation infrastructure.

The American Chemistry Council sent a similar letter to that of ATA’s to President Trump yesterday, pointing out that the operation of manufacturing plants cannot be done remotely and requires “highly trained” workers to be at the plants daily. “This also includes ensuring access to critical supplies and transportation systems so our industry can continue to produce and deliver essential products.”

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John Gallagher, Washington Correspondent

Based in Washington, D.C., John specializes in regulation and legislation affecting all sectors of freight transportation. He has covered rail, trucking and maritime issues since 1993 for a variety of publications based in the U.S. and the U.K. John began business reporting in 1993 at Broadcasting & Cable Magazine. He graduated from Florida State University majoring in English and business.

3 Comments

  1. Noble1 suggests SMART truck drivers should UNITE & collectively cut out the middlemen from picking truck driver pockets ! UNITE , CONQUER , & YOU'LL PROSPER ! IMHO says:

    Quote :

    “Trucking’s most powerful lobbying group is asking the Trump administration to help balance federal, state and local government restrictions with the needs of truck drivers.

    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.”
    End quote .

    So what did this “‘Trucking’s most powerful lobbying group ” achieve in regards to Pennsylvania for trucker essential needs ???

    To get only 13 rest stop parking lots reopened with potties ???No proper washroom with running water , nothing ? ROTFLMAO ! That’s what “the most powerful trucking lobbying group” has achieved for truck driver essential needs in this time of crisis while they risk their health safety to cater to everyone else’s essential needs ???

    AH HA HA HA HA ! What a freaking INSULT !

    Told you ! This “industry” is making a mockery out of you and treating you like buffoons !

    What a disgrace !

    In my humble opinion ……….

    1. I’ve been out here for over 2 decades and its just getting worse for drivers all the time.It seems more and more rest areas are getting shut down opening the door for more of the bs of having to pay to park.We get beat up enough by these big chain truck stops.When drivers do need something you can bet your a** they are paying double what a regular retail store does.Nobody gives a rats a**
      about the drivers,you know it and I know it.That being said quit with the bs.

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