California Trucking Association

California Trucking Association applauds FMCSA, California’s emergency declarations to boost COVID-19 efforts

Following last week’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Emergency Declaration to provide the trucking industry with targeted, limited relief from “Hours of Service,” Governor Gavin Newsom issued a companion executive order yesterday for trucks operating in intrastate commerce. These declarations allow temporary, emergency flexibility to address the unprecedented surge in truckload volumes and expedited emergency shipments critical to Coronavirus (COVID-19) relief efforts.

“As efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19 continue, the trucking industry is playing a vital role in assisting local, state and national efforts by ensuring communities continue to receive an adequate supply of essential necessities, medical supplies and emergency equipment, “ said Shawn Yadon, chief executive officer for the California Trucking Association. “We applaud the FMCSA and Governor Newsom for taking swift action to ensure the trucking industry has the tools necessary to respond to this crisis.”

The declarations provide temporary flexibility for truckers transporting the following items:

  • 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 for emergency restocking of stores
  • Equipment, supplies and persons necessary to establish and manage temporary housing, quarantine, and isolation facilities related to COVID-19

In order to prevent driver fatigue, the declaration also states that drivers in need of immediate rest must be allowed at least 10 consecutive hours off duty – eight hours for passenger carriers – before continued driving.

The FCMSA’s declaration is effective until April 12, 2020, or sooner if the emergency ends before this date. It does not include routine commercial deliveries and equipment not being transported in support of emergency relief efforts related to the COVID-19 outbreaks.

“Beyond COVID-19, relief efforts continue as truckers and our partners in the goods movement industry focus on delivering essential goods and services to communities across the state,” said Yadon. “We urge the Newsom administration to take the necessary steps to ensure the essential business of the supply chain continues unimpeded, that parking, as well as rest stop facilities, remain open and that further flexibility is provided where necessary.”

For additional details view FMCSA’s declaration and Governor Newsom’s Executive Order.