Coronavirus & the Trucking Industry:
Truckstops & Commercial Parking Availability
Maintaining the flow of interstate commerce is critical to keeping stores stocked, hospitals supplied and first responders equipped during this crisis. That includes keeping rest stops and commercial parking areas open and accessible for truck drivers so they can safely and efficiently move goods. We are asking the Trump Administration to assure trucks are able to continue to safely deliver medicine, food, fuel, water and other basic necessities to communities and homes. This comes as states and localities across the country enact restrictions that could impede the flow of commerce and the safe, efficient movement of trucks.
Many states have implemented restrictions on restaurants, which prohibit table service and limit business to takeout and delivery only. In these jurisdictions, truckstops can remain open and are permitted to serve grab-and-go and other take-out options. However, they are prohibited from allowing customers to dine inside the facility. Pilot Flying J has provided a comprehensive list
of food and restaurant restrictions across the U.S.
Additionally, the International Franchise Association has provided this comprehensive list
of restaurant chains that are accomodating truck drivers and/org offering discounts to them.
In a letter to President Trump and VP Pence, ATA pressed on the White House to assure all levels of government are working together to keep supply lines open. We are cited the following policy priorities:
- 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.