Resources for COVID-19

TCA, much like our partners in government, remains committed to the well-being of our members, our employees, and the trucking community as a whole. As our nation continues to address the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), we are committed to serving our membership in a role that is most important to you, as a conduit of information that best provides you with an opportunity for continuing your operations in these uncertain times.

 

COVID-19, as you know, is a fluid situation which may have changed at the time in which the information is reviewed by you. Please stay alert to any new updates – TCA is actively working to keep this page as current as possible

 

Have questions or concerns?
We are requesting TCA members to keep us informed of the challenges you’re facing in regards to COVID-19.
Please contact us at TCA, we’re happy to help.
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We will be sending out updates daily; view past updates below:

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

*source: Fox and Friends

 

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.

 

View full video on TCA’s Highway Angel page:

State Truck Weight Waivers

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

*source: American Trucking Associations

 

Disclaimer:

 

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

 

Please see .

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 .

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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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:

 

 

Please see ATA’s

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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 .

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 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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Timely Legal Comment Articles by TCA’s Legal Counsel

Real ID Update

Updates from Truck Stops

Transport Canada

CDC Website

FMCSA Website

Department of Transportation (DOT)

IRP – COVID-19 Emergency Waivers

IRS – Extending Tax Filing Deadline

NATSO

World Health Organization (WHO)

Johns Hopkins University – Center for Systems Science and Engineering

National Governors Association

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