Listing of Daily COVID-19 Updates

Listing of Daily COVID-19 Updates

Daily COVID Briefings

Rest Area Closures

 

Pennsylvania's abrupt closure earlier this week of all of its roadside rest areas in response to the coronavirus outbreak drew an outcry from the trucking industry. Now, the state will reopen some areas along busy interstate routes.

According to news outlets in Pennsylvania, including the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Philadelphia Inquirer, two days after the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation closed 30 public rest stops around the state, the agency decided to reopen the 13 busiest areas by Thursday.

 

ATA Letter to Administration

 

On March 17, American Trucking Association’s President Chris Spear wrote a letter to President Trump and White House officials, on behalf of the trucking industry, asking for their assistance to assure that trucks are able to continue to safely deliver medicine, food, fuel, water and other basic necessities to communities and homes.

 

Hours of Service

 

*As of March 18, 2020:

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 necessary for community safety, sanitation, and prevention of community transmission of COVID-19 such as masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap and disinfectants.
  • Food, paper products and other groceries for emergency restocking of distribution centers or stores.
  • Immediate precursor raw materials – such as paper, plastic or alcohol – that are required and to be used for the manufacture of essential items.
  • Fuel.
  • Equipment, supplies and persons necessary to establish and manage temporary housing, quarantine.
  • Persons designated by federal, state or local authorities for medical, isolation, or quarantine purposes.
  • Persons necessary to provide other medical or emergency services.

FMCSA has not developed an item-specific list but encourages carriers to operate in the spirit in which the declaration is intended. The focus of the declaration is to replenish store shelves.

Specifically mentioned items:

  • Toilet Paper

Specific items NOT considered under the declaration at this time:

  • Pet Food
  • Livestock
  • Fertilizer

Logging

Logging for these loads has come into question as it relates to ELDs. There are two options that have been presented:

  • We do expect that drivers will make a annotation in the ELD that they are transporting a load that is incompliance with the FMCSA emergency declaration so that when the eRODS file is transferred, any potential violations called out by the eRODS system (e.g., driving in excess of 11 hours) will be explained away by the allowed HOS exemption.
  • FMCSA has also instructed drivers to log these miles as Personal Conveyance (PC). Because the exemption is for all of 395, that includes logs, ELD or otherwise. PC can be used to avoid unassigned miles and problems with dispatch. Once the driver finishes with the load, they take 10 off and start again as normal.

Items to Note for the Declaration

  • The 30-minute break has been waived, again, provided the load is transported under the declaration and qualifies for emergency relief
  • 34-hour restart – because the load in question would qualify as a declared load, the 60 hours/7 days or 70 hours/8 days would not come into play. The most important aspects of the emergency declaration is that the driver takes 10 hours once he/she completes the emergency run

Personal Sick Leave

 

 
  • This bill passed through Congress and was signed by the President last night. This is considered “Phase II” of the congressional stimulus package, with Phase III expected to resolve some of the outstanding issues from this bill.
  • The bill creates emergency paid sick leave, as well as paid family leave in the case of school closures, for working families impacted by COVID-19. It does so by requiring employers with up to 500 employees to provide paid sick leave and paid family leave, while providing a refundable payroll tax credit to employers to cover 100 percent of the cost of wages. There is also a refundable income tax credit for self-employed individuals.
    • As explained by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD-5), employers must offer two weeks (10 days) of paid sick leave for COVID-19-related reasons (existing leave offered can count towards the 10 days). If the sick leave is for an employee who is themselves sick or seeking a diagnosis, the benefit must replace all of the employee’s wages up to a maximum benefit of $511 per day. If an employee is caring for another individual who is sick, the benefit must replace at least two-thirds of the employee’s wages up to a maximum benefit of $200 per day. The paid sick leave credit offsets 100% of employer costs for providing mandated paid sick leave. The credit also offsets, uncapped, the employer contribution for health insurance premiums for the employee for the period of leave.
    • Employers must offer 12 weeks of paid family leave for an employee with a minor child in the event of the closure of the child’s school or place of care. The first 10 days are unpaid, but the employee can overlap this with the 10 days of paid sick leave. This benefit must replace at least two-thirds of the employee’s wages up to a maximum of $200 per day. The paid family leave credit offsets 100% of employer costs for providing mandated paid family leave. The credit also offsets, uncapped, the employer contribution for health insurance premiums for the employee for the period of leave.
    • This credit is against payroll tax and is refundable, so employers receive funds as they make deposits. Employers do not pay the employer side of payroll taxes on the mandated leave.

CDL Issues

 

CDL Renewals

TCA has been made aware of issues beginning to arise regarding drivers' CDLs. As of now, FMCSA is engaging in discussions on how to handle these problems, but no new information is available at the Federal level, though individual states are handling licensing issues in differing ways at the state level.

In Virginia, ALL customer service centers are closed with both driver and vehicle credentials extended 60 days.

A timely website that may have information in regard to CDLs and state-specific plans is available at .

New CDL Issuance

TCA has been actively communicating with the Commercial Vehicle Training Association, which has communicated with Acting Administrator Mullen regarding the absence of critical CDL skills testing for new drivers. The discussion regarding this issue remains ongoing, with nothing resolved yet.

Medical Expirations

In some particular instances, medical facilities that perform DOT physicals have closed or are specifically dealing with COVID-19 symptoms. Discussions regarding DOT physicals and future plans remain ongoing.

 

Drug Testing

 

On Friday, March 13, President Trump mentioned specific labs that are prevalent trucking industry drug testing facilities as active laboratories in testing for COVID-19. Many drivers and carriers, after hearing those comments, have expressed concerns over drug testing because fleets use these labs to process their federally mandated drug testing programs and they do not want to be exposed to the virus. FMCSA is currently engaged in discussion surrounding a possible moratorium on this issue but no decisions have been made yet.

 

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Daily COVID-19 Update from TCA

TCA is working on your COVID-19 concerns.

t is critical that you continue to share what us your issues and concerns so we can assist in directing our resources. You can reach us at 703 838 1950 or

 

COVID-19, as you know, is a fluid situation which may have changed at the time in which the information is reviewed by you. TCA has established a on our website and will be sending daily updates via email with the most pertinent updates for our industry.

 

TCA has compiled the most frequently asked questions from its membership; click on a section below to skip to a specific topic:
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Pennsylvania Turnpike Reopens All Rest Stops

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FMCSA Issues Emergency Declaration FAQs

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Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response

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TCA's 2019 Highway Angels of the Year Interviewed about Supply Chain Conditions in COVID-19 Response

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State Truck Weight Waivers

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Tennessee Issues Executive Order

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Pennsylvania Turnpike Reopens All Rest Stops

The Pennsylvania Turnpike announced that it would reopen all of its 17 rest stops today at 7:00 a.m. Restrooms and food options will be made available.

FMCSA Issues Emergency Declaration FAQs

 

 

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issues frequently asked questions document in response to March 18 revised emergency declaration.

Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response

 

 

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), part of the Department of Homeland Security, has released guidance on “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” to help state and local officials as they work to protect their communities, while ensuring continuity of functions critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security. The guidance is wide-ranging and includes many industries and job functions.

TCA's 2019 Highway Angels of the Year Interviewed about Supply Chain Conditions in COVID-19 Response

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This morning, TCA’s recently-named 2019 Highway Angels of the Year, Ed and Tracy Zimmerman, a driving team with Hirschbach Motor Lines, Inc. shared with Fox and Friends an update from the road and current conditions in the supply chain in response to COVID-19.

 

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State Truck Weight Waivers

 

 

 

 

States with weight waivers, permitting changes, and other types of added flexibility:

 

 

*source: American Trucking Associations

 

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Note that some permit offices have limited hours and capabilities at this time.

 

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Tennessee Issues Executive Order

 

 

Gov. Lee signed Executive Order 15 to relieve regulatory burdens and free up the Executive Branch to more effectively respond to COVID-19 in Tennessee. This executive order works to quickly boost our health care capacity, continue important consumer protections and provide enhanced customer service to our citizens during this pandemic.

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March 23: Daily COVID-19 Update from TCA

March 23, 2020

 

TCA is working on your COVID-19 concerns.

It is critical that you continue to share what us your issues and concerns so we can assist in directing our resources. You can reach us at (703) 838-1950 or .

 

COVID-19, as you know, is a fluid situation which may have changed at the time in which the information is reviewed by you. TCA has established a on our website and will be sending daily updates via email with the most pertinent updates for our industry.

 

If you hear of drivers being detained or prevented from entering a shut down area,

state or even municipality, please record the location and freight being hauled and let us know at .

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IRP Waivers

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Tax Filing Deadline Extended

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Tax Credits for Small and Midsize Businesses

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State CDL Expiration Date Extensions

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IRP Waivers

 

 

The International Registration Plan (IRP) has provided a current list of emergency waivers issued by jurisdictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tax Filing Deadline Extended

 

 

On Friday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced that the IRS has moved the national income tax filing day to July 15 to give Americans additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tax Credits for Small and Midsize Businesses

 

 

Under the, small and midsize businesses are now able to take advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave to their employees.

State CDL Expiration Date Extensions

 

 

 

 

States with statements extending the deadline of CDL Expirations:

 

 

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March 24: Daily COVID-19 Update from TCA

March 24, 2020

 

TCA is working on your COVID-19 concerns.

It is critical that you continue to share what us your issues and concerns so we can assist in directing our resources. You can reach us at (703) 838-1950 or .

 

COVID-19, as you know, is a fluid situation which may have changed at the time in which the information is reviewed by you. TCA has established a on our website and will be sending daily updates via email with the most pertinent updates for our industry.

 

If you hear of drivers being detained or prevented from entering a shut down area,

state or even municipality, please record the location and freight being hauled and let us know at .

TCA has compiled the most frequently asked questions from its membership; click on a section below to skip to a specific topic:
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CDL Expiration

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DOT Guidance on Drug and Alcohol Testing

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Updates to list of Essential Employees

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PHMSA Issues Notice Regarding Hazardous Materials Training

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CDL Expiration

 

Today, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a waiver for several CDL and CLP-related issues during the COVID-19 emergency, including renewals, skills testing, and medical certifications, among others. The waiver expires on June 30, 2020. FMCSA also issued an enforcement notice to correspond with the waiver.

 

FMCSA has also issued a notice to State Drivers Licensing Agencies (SDLAs) on the actions they can take during the COVID-19 emergency. This notice presents FAQs to clarify FMCSA’s view of various actions State Drivers Licensing Agencies (SDLA) may exercise for which FMCSA would decline to issue a finding or make a determination of substantial non-compliance.

DOT Guidance on Drug and Alcohol Testing

 

 

Yesterday, the Department of Transportation issued important guidance informing employers and employees how to comply with drug and alcohol testing regulations if testing is unavailable during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Updates to list of Essential Employees

 

 

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has clarified its guidance on “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” to explicitly name truck drivers and other job functions. The Agency points out that the identified sectors and workers are not intended to be the authoritative or exhaustive list, and that state, local, and industry partners should continue using their own judgment to ensure continued operations of critical infrastructure services and functions.

PHMSA Issues Notice Regarding

Hazardous Materials Training

 

 

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has decided to temporarily halt enforcement actions against shippers and carriers that are unable to comply with training requirements included in the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR). The Notice is limited to recurrent training requirements and does not apply to all other HMR obligations or applicable laws for hazardous materials offers and carriers.

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March 25: Daily COVID-19 Update from TCA

March 25, 2020

 

TCA is working on your COVID-19 concerns.

It is critical that you continue to share what us your issues and concerns so we can assist in directing our resources. You can reach us at (703) 838-1950 or .

 

COVID-19, as you know, is a fluid situation which may have changed at the time in which the information is reviewed by you. TCA has established a on our website and will be sending daily updates via email with the most pertinent updates for our industry.

 

If you hear of drivers being detained or prevented from entering a shut down area,

state or even municipality, please record the location and freight being hauled and let us know at .

TCA has compiled the most frequently asked questions from its membership; click on a section below to skip to a specific topic:
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FMCSA Releases Drug and Alcohol Testing Guidance

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Negotiators Strike Deal on Massive Coronavirus Rescue Package

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House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Minority Provides Resources

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New ATRI Data Shows Critical Truck Deliveries Continue Despite COVID-19

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Trucker Appreciation Concert Steams Live Tonight

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FMCSA Releases Drug and Alcohol Testing Guidance

 

 

Yesterday, FMCSA published guidance on disruptions to drug and alcohol testing due to coronavirus. This guidance follows DOT’s department-wide guidance and provides answers to specific drug and alcohol testing questions raised by many trucking companies. The guidance is in effect until May 30, 2020.

Negotiators Strike Deal on Massive

Coronavirus Rescue Package

 

 

Senate leaders and the White House clinched a bipartisan deal early Wednesday morning on a nearly $2 trillion emergency relief package in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The bill is expected to pass through the Senate this afternoon and will then go to the House of Representatives for consideration. Key provisions of the bill include cash payments to individuals, loans and grants for small business, additional unemployment insurance benefits, and loans for distressed companies.

House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee

Minority Provides Resources

 

 

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Republicans have released a COVID-19 Resource Guide cataloguing the actions taken by the various federal agencies under the Committee’s jurisdiction during this unprecedented pandemic crisis.

New ATRI Data Shows Critical Truck Deliveries

Continue Despite COVID-19

 

 

 

The American Transportation Research Institute released new data showing that trucks are continuing to move – in many cases faster than usual – to respond to the demands placed on the industry by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trucker Appreciation Concert Steams Live Tonight

 

The Truckload Carriers Association’s Highway Angel Spokesperson and Nashville Recording Artist, Lindsay Lawler, will live stream an acoustic concert Wednesday evening (March 25) at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT/6 p.m. MT/5 p.m. PT.

 

This concert, the first in an eight-part series, is being held to thank the 3.5 million “supply chain MVPs” – the professional truck drivers – who are keeping goods and services moving forward during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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March 26: Daily COVID-19 Update from TCA

March 26, 2020

 

TCA is working on your COVID-19 concerns. Please continue to share your issues with us – TCA is reachable at (703) 838-1950 or .

 

COVID-19, as you know, is a fluid situation which may have changed at the time in which the information is reviewed by you. Visit our page for the latest updates.

 

If you hear of drivers being detained or prevented from entering a shut down area,

state or even municipality, please record the location and freight being hauled and let us know at .

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FMCSA Distributes Updated Emergency Items List

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Complimentary Webinars to Help You Navigate COVID-19 Storm

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Guidance & Loan Resources from the Small Business Administration (SBA)

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CVSA Postpones International Roadcheck

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New Research Designed to Quantify Trucking Impacts from COVID-19

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FMCSA Distributes Updated Emergency Items List

 

 

Yesterday, FMCSA shared a Frequently Asked Questions (Part 2) document relating to its most recent Emergency Declaration. The guidance is intended only to provide clarity regarding existing requirements under the law. It further details specific items that are covered by the Emergency Declaration.

Complimentary Webinars to Help You
Navigate COVID-19 Storm

TCA to host two timely, complimentary webinars:

 

1 p.m. ET TodayTrucking Mergers & Acquisitions in Uncertain Times

Spencer Tenney and Eric Heath of The Tenney Group will share concrete action steps you can take right now to preserve strategic options during this market disruption.

 

1 p.m. ET Friday (March 27)Financial Navigation in Uncertain Times

TCA’s Profitability Program (TPP) Program Manager Chris Henry, and the team from Katz, Sapper & Miller, will share financial best practices and strategies that your company can act on now.

Guidance & Loan Resources from the
Small Business Administration (SBA)

 

The SBA has compiled a resources web page to inform small businesses of the options available to them to ensure their business continuity during the coronavirus pandemic.

 

CVSA Postpones International Roadcheck

 

In light of the coronavirus emergency, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has decided to postpone International Roadcheck until later in the year. CVSA notes that roadside safety inspections and traffic enforcement will continue to be conducted every day, with enforcement personnel following their departmental health and safety policies and procedures, as appropriate.

New Research Designed to Quantify
Trucking Impacts from COVID-19

 

 

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) and the Owner-Operator Independent Driver Association Foundation (OOIDA Foundation) are conducting a joint research study to understand the numerous impacts that the Coronavirus pandemic is having on trucking operations. Anyone involved in trucking operations is urged to respond.

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March 27: Daily COVID-19 Update from TCA

March 27, 2020

 

TCA is working on your COVID-19 concerns. Please continue to share your issues with us – TCA is reachable at (703) 838-1950 or .

 

COVID-19, as you know, is a fluid situation which may have changed at the time in which the information is reviewed by you. Visit our page for the latest updates.

 

If you hear of drivers being detained or prevented from entering a shut down area,

state or even municipality, please record the location and freight being hauled and let us know at .

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Canadian Hours-of-Service Exemption

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Complimentary Webinar Today - Financial Navigation in Uncertain Times

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DOL Establishes Effective Date, Provides Guidance on Families First Coronavirus Response Act

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Encourage Students to Submit Artwork for FMCSA’s 2020 Road Safety Contest

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DHS Extends REAL ID Enforcement Date

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Canadian Hours-of-Service Exemption

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Transport Canada, the Provinces and Territories, through the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA), have approved an hours of service exemption for federally regulated carriers related to the fight against COVID-19.

Complimentary Webinar Today - Financial Navigation in Uncertain Times

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1 p.m. ET Friday (March 27)Financial Navigation in Uncertain Times

TCA’s Profitability Program (TPP) Program Manager Chris Henry, and the team from Katz, Sapper & Miller, will share financial best practices and strategies that your company can act on now.

DOL Establishes Effective Date, Provides Guidance on Families First Coronavirus Response Act

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TCA's General Counsel, R. Eddie Wayland, provides new Legal Comment on the updated Families First Coronavirus Response Act effective date and guidance.

Encourage Students to Submit Artwork for

FMCSA’s 2020 Road Safety Contest

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Do you have elementary and/or middle school students at home, eager to color or paint during the COVID-19 pandemic? The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration encourages students to submit a drawing for the 2020 Road Safety Art Contest. TCA is a partner of FMCSA’s Our Roads, Our Safety initiative.

DHS Extends REAL ID Enforcement Date

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“Due to circumstances resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the national emergency declaration, the Department of Homeland Security, as directed by President Donald J. Trump, is extending the REAL ID enforcement deadline beyond the current October 1, 2020 deadline. I have determined that states require a twelve-month delay and that the new deadline for REAL ID enforcement is October 1, 2021. DHS will publish a notice of the new deadline in the Federal Register in the coming days.

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March 30: Daily COVID-19 Update from TCA

March 30, 2020

 

TCA is working on your COVID-19 concerns. Please continue to share your issues with us – TCA is reachable at (703) 838-1950 or .

 

COVID-19, as you know, is a fluid situation which may have changed at the time in which the information is reviewed by you. Visit our page for the latest updates.

 

If you hear of drivers being detained or prevented from entering a shut down area,

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FMCSA Issues Three-Month Waiver Related to Commercial Learner's Permits (CLPs)

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CARES Act Becomes Law

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CDC Issues Statement on Self-Quarantine Guidance for Greater NYC Transportation and Delivery Workers

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FMCSA Issues Three-Month Waiver Related to Commercial Learner's Permits (CLPs)

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FMCSA has granted a temporary waiver from certain commercial learner’s permit (CLP) regulations, including the requirement that that a CLP holder be accompanied by a commercial driver’s license (CDL) holder, with the proper CDL class and endorsements, seated in the front seat of the vehicle while the CLP holder operates a CMV on public roads or highways. The temporary waiver also allows states to administer a driving skills test to any nondomiciled CDL applicant, regardless of where the applicant received driver training. Please read the full waiver for the terms, conditions, and restrictions.

CARES Act Becomes Law

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On Friday, President Trump signed an unprecedented $2.2 trillion economic rescue package, called the CARES Act, into law following swift action by Congress. The law will help bolster businesses, provide direct payments and financial assistance to millions of Americans, and add funding for the overburdened health care system.

CDC Issues Statement on Self-Quarantine Guidance for Greater NYC Transportation and Delivery Workers

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"When the CDC issued the self-quarantining guidance for greater New York City residents leaving the area, it was out of an abundance of caution to help protect U.S. areas with lower levels of COVID-19 spread. In line with our recommendations for other essential critical infrastructure workers, this guidance does not apply to critical transportation and delivery workers who are desperately needed for New York residents to continue their daily lives and respond to the COVID-19 outbreak."

Complimentary Webinar Series Continues Friday with "Operations Navigation in Uncertain Times"

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Representatives from the TCA Profitability Program (TPP) and Katz, Sapper & Miller will share updates and actions affecting trucking operations and strategies to build contingency plans for your carrier during these uncertain times. Registration is complimentary.

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March 31: Daily COVID-19 Update from TCA

March 31, 2020

 

TCA is working on your COVID-19 concerns. Please continue to share your issues with us – TCA is reachable at (703) 838-1950 or .

 

COVID-19, as you know, is a fluid situation which may have changed at the time in which the information is reviewed by you. Visit our page for the latest updates.

 

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Paycheck Protection Program FAQs for Small Businesses

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ICYMI: DOT, FMCSA Guidance on Compliance with Drug Testing

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Paycheck Protection Program FAQs for Small Businesses

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, has released a FAQ document detailing how small business owners can take advantage of the new Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a key provision included in the recently-passed CARES Act. PPP is a nearly $350 billion program to provide eight weeks of cash-flow assistance to small businesses through 100 percent federally guaranteed loans to employers who maintain their payroll during this emergency.

 

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has also put together a comprehensive how-to guide for obtaining a Small Business Administration Coronavirus Emergency Loan.

 

ICYMI: DOT, FMCSA Guidance on

Compliance with Drug Testing

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On March 23, the Department of Transportation (DOT) Office of Drug and Alcohol Compliance and Enforcement (ODAPC) issued a guidance document to provide clarity to DOT-regulated employers, employees, and service agents on conducting DOT drug and alcohol testing given concerns about COVID-19.

On March 24, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a guidance document with recommended actions for FMCSA-regulated employers unable to conduct alcohol and drug testing due to COVID 19. This guidance is currently in effect until May 30.

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April 1: Daily COVID-19 Update from TCA

April 1, 2020

 

TCA is working on your COVID-19 concerns. Please continue to share your issues with us – TCA is reachable at (703) 838-1950 or .

 

COVID-19, as you know, is a fluid situation which may have changed at the time in which the information is reviewed by you. Visit our page for the latest updates.

 

If you hear of drivers being detained or prevented from entering a shut down area,

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act Guidance May Limit Those Eligible for Paid Leave

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TMC Recommended Practice for In-Cab Cleaning

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Road Dog Trucking to Host Coronavirus Virtual Town Hall

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act Guidance May Limit Those Eligible for Paid Leave

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In a special edition of TCA's Legal Comment, R. Eddie Wayland explains that the U.S. Department of Labor has updated its preliminary guidance on the implementation of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). An important takeaway from the updated guidance is that employers whose businesses are subject to a government shutdown are not required to pay the emergency sick leave or expanded family and medical leave, pursuant to the FFCRA, to their employees.

TMC Offers Guidance for In-Cab Cleaning

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Experts from the American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) offer general Recommended Practices for in-cab cleaning and sanitation. The document provides information on the benefits of establishing a proper vehicle interior cleaning program.

Road Dog Trucking to Host

Coronavirus Virtual Town Hall Today

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Today, Mark Willis of SiriusXM Road Dog Trucking Radio and host of Road Dog Trucking News will broadcast a special virtual town hall with trucking industry leaders. Featured guests will include TCA’s Vice President of Government Affairs, David Heller, along with U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Elaine Chao, and many others. Guests will discuss the effects of COVID-19 on the trucking industry, how truckers play an essential role in the supply chain, and what drivers can expect in the days, weeks, months ahead.

 

Today’s special edition can be heard on SiriusXM’s Road Dog Trucking Radio, channel 146, from 2:00- 4:00 p.m. ET on SiriusXM radios, on the SiriusXM app, and at home on a variety of connected devices and speakers.

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April 2: Daily COVID-19 Update from TCA

April 2, 2020

 

TCA is working on your COVID-19 concerns. Please continue to share your issues with us – TCA is reachable at (703) 838-1950 or .

 

COVID-19, as you know, is a fluid situation which may have changed at the time in which the information is reviewed by you. Visit our page for the latest updates.

 

If you hear of drivers being detained or prevented from entering a shut down area,

state or even municipality, please record the location and freight being hauled and let us know at .

TCA has compiled the most frequently asked questions from its membership; click on a section below to skip to a specific topic:
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FMCSA Issues Statement on State and Local Shelter in Place and Other Restrictions on Movement

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CARES Act: Employee Retention Credit FAQs

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EPA Issues Information on Disinfectants

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Tomorrow - TCA Offers Complimentary Webinar on Managing Operations During Uncertain Times

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FMCSA Issues Statement on State and Local Shelter in Place and Other Restrictions on Movement

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Yesterday, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released guidance for states, localities, and territories which may be implementing quarantine, movement, and/or screening requirements that impact freight and passenger transportation by commercial motor vehicles. The suggestions provided by FMCSA draw on lessons learned from actions to date, as well as federal guidance recommending unrestricted movement and access for critical infrastructure workers.

CARES Act: Employee Retention Credit FAQs

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The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act included language authorizing an Employee Retention Credit (ERC), which encourages businesses to keep employees on payroll. The tax credit is refundable and is 50 percent of up to $10,000 in wages paid by eligible employers impacted by the pandemic.

 

The U.S. Department of the Treasury has released details on which businesses are eligible, what wages qualify, how eligible businesses receive the ERC, and where they can find more information related to the credit.

The Senate Finance Committee has also released FAQs on the ERC that answers additional questions related to the Treasury guidance.

EPA Issues Information on Disinfectants

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has provided a list of products that meet its criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19. The EPA explains that when purchasing a product, consumers should check to ensure its EPA registration number is included on this list. If it is, you have a match and the product can be used against SARS-CoV-2.

TCA Continues Complimentary Webinar Series on

Navigating Times of Crisis

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TCA continues to provide complimentary educational programming. Don't miss these two upcoming webinars.

 

2 p.m. ET Friday (April 3): Managing Operations During Uncertain Times

Don't miss the second part in a series of complimentary webinars set for this Friday beginning at 2 p.m. ET/1p.m. CT/12 p.m. MT/11 a.m. PT. Register today to hear from TCA’s John Lyboldt and David Heller; TCA Profitability Program's (TPP) Jack Porter and Chris Henry; and Katz, Sapper & Miller’s David Roush as they share timely updates that are affecting #trucking operations and takeaway strategies to build contingency plans.

1 p.m. ET Friday, April 10: Leadership During Times of Crisis

Register to hear from TCA Profitability Program's Shepard Dunn and Ray Haight alongside John Maxwell Team Independent Executive Director, Allen Phibbs as they discuss leadership characteristics and habits that ensure participants will be ready for any challenge that may arise during this unprecendented time.

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555 E Braddock Rd. | Alexandria, VA 22314

(703) 838-1950

truckload.org

 

April 3: Daily COVID-19 Update from TCA

April 3, 2020

 

TCA is working on your COVID-19 concerns. Please continue to share your issues with us – TCA is reachable at (703) 838-1950 or .

 

COVID-19, as you know, is a fluid situation which may have changed at the time in which the information is reviewed by you. Visit our page for the latest updates.

 

If you hear of drivers being detained or prevented from entering a shut down area,

state or even municipality, please record the location and freight being hauled and let us know at .

TCA has compiled the most frequently asked questions from its membership; click on a section below to skip to a specific topic:
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Complimentary Webinar Today - Managing Operations During Uncertain Times

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The Coronavirus Small Business Loan Program: What You Need To Know

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PHMSA Issues Temporary Relief to Companies Transporting Hand Sanitizer by Highway

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TCA Town Hall Navigating the CARES Act to Stream Live Tuesday

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ICYMI: TCA’s David Heller Speaks During SiriusXM Town Hall

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Complimentary Webinar Today -

Managing Operations During Uncertain Times

 

Just a few hours left to register for today’s complimentary webinar.

 

2 p.m. ET Today (April 3): Managing Operations During Uncertain Times

Hear a timely Government Affairs and Safety Update, learn better ways to manage recruiting, and operations, as well as preparing contingency strategies, and more, during today’s complimentary webinar.

 

Join TCA’s John Lyboldt and David Heller; TCA Profitability Program's (TPP) Jack Porter and Chris Henry; and Katz, Sapper & Miller’s David Roush as they share timely updates that are affecting trucking operations and takeaway strategies to build contingency plans.

 

 

The Coronavirus Small Business Loan Program:

What You Need To Know

 

Starting today, small businesses can apply for the nearly $350 billion in loans available through the economic rescue plan from Congress through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The program is intended to support businesses so they can either keep current workers or rehire those that were laid off.

View the Small Business Administration's PPP Website

View the Treasury Department's PPP Website

PHMSA Issues Temporary Relief to Companies Transporting Hand Sanitizer by Highway

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The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has issued a notice for companies shipping hand sanitizers used for sanitation purposes. The temporary relief is to help facilitate the increased availability of sanitation products during this public health emergency.

TCA Town Hall Navigating the CARES Act

to Stream Live Tuesday

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Tune in to FreightWaves TV beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, April 7, for a TCA Town Hall: Navigating the CARES Act.

 

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, President Trump signed into law a $2T stimulus package. Nearly 20% of these funds are earmarked for companies with fewer than 500 employees in the way of potentially forgivable SBA loans. Claiming this “grant” may require guidance from key advisors. Listen as TCA President John Lyboldt moderates a group of experts as they explain how to navigate this unprecedented opportunity that will be a lifeline for so many companies.

 

Speakers:

 

Moderator: John Lyboldt, TCA President

Presenter: Randy Hooper, Katz, Sapper & Miller

Presenter: Fred Price, CFO, JRayl

Presenter: Michael Letsch, Senior Relationship Manager, Bank of America

Presenter: Steven Pletcher, Partner and David Robinson, Partner - Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary

ICYMI: TCA’s David Heller Speaks During

SiriusXM Town Hall

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TCA’s Vice President of Government Affairs, David Heller, joined more than a dozen industry professionals earlier this week and stressed to SiriusXM Road Dog Trucking Host Mark Willis and his listeners that if the supply chain remains uninterrupted, truck drivers will be able to help America recover from the Coronavirus pandemic.

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April 6: Daily COVID-19 Update from TCA

April 6, 2020

 

TCA is working on your COVID-19 concerns. Please continue to share your issues with us – TCA is reachable at (703) 838-1950 or .

 

COVID-19, as you know, is a fluid situation which may have changed at the time in which the information is reviewed by you. Visit our page for the latest updates.

 

If you hear of drivers being detained or prevented from entering a shut down area,

state or even municipality, please record the location and freight being hauled and let us know at .

TCA has compiled the most frequently asked questions from its membership; click on a section below to skip to a specific topic:
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TSA Grants Exemption from HME Regulations

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States Permitted to Use Food Trucks in Rest Areas to Serve Commercial Truck Drivers

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Tomorrow - TCA Hosts Town Hall on Navigating the CARES Act

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ICYMI: TCA Launches Highway Angel Microsite

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TPP Blog - Change is Imminent

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TSA Grants Exemption from HME Regulations

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has granted an exemption that permits state licensing entities to extend the validity period of Hazardous Materials Endorsements (HMEs) by up to 180 days. This exemption comes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic causing the widespread closure of state DMV's and other locations necessary for the HME renewal.

 

Note that a state must adopt this exemption for an HME to be extended. This exemption only applies if a state adopts it.

States Permitted to Use Food Trucks in Rest Areas to Serve Commercial Truck Drivers

 

The Federal Highway Administration has issued a notice to state Departments of Transportation that it is suspending enforcement measures under the Federal-aid Highway Program for states that choose to permit commercial food trucks to operate and sell food, in accordance with state laws, in designated federally-funded Interstate Highway rest areas. The effort is intended to “make sure truck drivers continue to have access to food services while they’re on the job serving our nation during these challenging times.”

Tomorrow - TCA Hosts Town Hall on

Navigating the CARES Act

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Tune in to FreightWaves TV beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, April 7, for a TCA Town Hall: Navigating the CARES Act.

 

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, President Trump signed into law a $2T stimulus package. Nearly 20% of these funds are earmarked for companies with fewer than 500 employees in the way of potentially forgivable SBA loans. Claiming this “grant” may require guidance from key advisors. Listen as TCA President John Lyboldt moderates a group of experts as they explain how to navigate this unprecedented opportunity that will be a lifeline for so many companies.

ICYMI: TCA Launches Highway Angel Microsite

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Last week, the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and its Communications & Image Policy Committee launched a new Highway Angel microsite to spread the word about TCA’s Highway Angel program, which has recognized more than 1,250 professional truck drivers for their courtesy and courage since 1997, to a larger audience.

 

TCA encourages its members to share www.highwayangel.org with colleagues, family, and friends, to help us highlight our industry’s heroes during this unprecedented time.

 

Let's shine a light on those that not only keep goods and services moving forward each day, but who are also the "Knights of the Highway," lending a hand to those in need.

TPP Blog - Change is Imminent

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Without a doubt, our world is changing quickly. Not by the year, month, or week, but by the day and in many cases by the hour. Really, it seems it’s that quick. Whether it’s coming from the national news, local news, industry rags, customers, employees or simply your own mind, it seems as though everything is changing very rapidly. You may ask, ‘What can I do about it?’ TCA Profitability Program (TPP) Consultant Shepard Dunn has one word. Everything.

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555 E Braddock Rd. | Alexandria, VA 22314

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April 7: Daily COVID-19 Update from TCA

April 7, 2020

 

TCA is working on your COVID-19 concerns. Please continue to share your issues with us – TCA is reachable at (703) 838-1950 or .

 

COVID-19, as you know, is a fluid situation which may have changed at the time in which the information is reviewed by you. Visit our page for the latest updates.

 

If you hear of drivers being detained or prevented from entering a shut down area,

state or even municipality, please record the location and freight being hauled and let us know at .

TCA has compiled the most frequently asked questions from its membership; click on a section below to skip to a specific topic:
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CTA Provides Snapshot of Driver Rest Area/Service Facility Support During COVID-19

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FMCSA Guidance on Cross-Border Transportation and COVID-19

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3 pm ET Today - TCA Hosts Town Hall on Navigating the CARES Act

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TPP Blog – Past, Present, and Future

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CTA Provides Snapshot of Driver Rest Area/

Service Facility Support During COVID-19

 

The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) has drafted a national report demonstrating where shortages of food and rest areas remain, as well as locations and facilities that have maintained or established services accommodating truck drivers. This report also details potential solutions being explored involving private and public sector cooperation.

FMCSA Issues Guidance on

Cross-Border Transportation and COVID-19

 

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued FAQs for foreign drivers operating in the United States. The Agency answers questions regarding the impact of previously issued waivers and guidance on foreign drivers.

3:30 p.m. ET Today - TCA Hosts Town Hall on

Navigating the CARES Act

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Tune in to FreightWaves TV beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET this afternoon for a TCA Town Hall: Navigating the CARES Act.

 

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, President Trump signed into law a $2T stimulus package. Nearly 20% of these funds are earmarked for companies with fewer than 500 employees in the way of potentially forgivable SBA loans. Claiming this “grant” may require guidance from key advisors. Listen as TCA President John Lyboldt moderates a group of experts as they explain how to navigate this unprecedented opportunity that will be a lifeline for so many companies.

TPP Blog – Past, Present, and Future

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Read as TCA Profitability Program (TPP) Managing Director and “The Trucking Activist” Jack Porter reflects on his personal journey through the current Coronavirus pandemic. He shares thoughts from COVID-19 past, what we as an industry as experiencing presently, and what we can expect in the future.

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555 E Braddock Rd. | Alexandria, VA 22314

(703) 838-1950

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April 8: Daily COVID-19 Update from TCA

April 8, 2020

 

TCA is working on your COVID-19 concerns. Please continue to share your issues with us – TCA is reachable at (703) 838-1950 or .

 

COVID-19, as you know, is a fluid situation which may have changed at the time in which the information is reviewed by you. Visit our page for the latest updates.

 

If you hear of drivers being detained or prevented from entering a shut down area,

state or even municipality, please record the location and freight being hauled and let us know at .

TCA has compiled the most frequently asked questions from its membership; click on a section below to skip to a specific topic:
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FAQ Document on Paycheck Protection Program Loans

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TCA Continues Webinar Series this Friday, April 10 with Leadership in Times of Crisis

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COVID-19 Could Bring About a Lasting Change in Trucking's Image

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FAQ Document on Paycheck Protection Program Loans

The Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, has provided additional guidance to address borrower and lender questions concerning the implementation of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) established by the CARES Act. This document will be updated on a regular basis.

 

View other helpful information on assistance for small businesses.

 

TCA Continues Webinar Series this Friday, April 10 with Leadership in Times of Crisis

 

Crisis puts the spotlight on leaders; it brings the best out of good leaders. Now is the time for effective leadership to shine through at your company. What does this mean? How can you think “opportunity” in every difficulty? Ensure you’re ready for any challenge that may arise during this time by attending TCA’s upcoming complimentary webinar set for 1 p.m. ET on Friday, April 10 to hear insights from industry experts, all at no charge.