COVID-19: Transportation and Supply Chain Resources
DOT HAS SUSPENDED HOURS OF SERVICE RULES, HOW DOES THAT IMPACT FRESH PRODUCE TRANSPORTATION?
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration suspended the current rules regarding Hours of Service for vehicles carrying supplies in response to the COVID-19 crisis. This generally applies to the delivery of fresh produce. Only those supplies being provided to alleviate the crisis (including food) are determined to be eligible for this exemption. Not all requirements under the Hours of Service rule are exempted including drug and alcohol use by drivers
Read the Rule Announcement (3/13/2020)
Extension Announcement (5/13/2020)
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has published general emergency FAQ’s
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has compiled this list of responses to frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding actions State Driver Licensing Agencies (SDLA) or commercial driver’s license holders may take during the public health emergency related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) that are permissible under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs).
IN LIGHT OF “SHELTER IN PLACE” AND CURFEWS, IS FOOD PRODUCTION AN ESSENTIAL CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE?
Yes, the food and agricultural sectors are considered one of the nation’s critical infrastructures.
The Department of Homeland Security identifies the specific subindustries that comprise critical infrastructures including food and agriculture.
Over 100 associations representing the entirety of the US economy, urged the White House to promote state and local alignment in defining critical infrastructure to limit confusion by local authorities charged with enforcing state or local restrictions
Is there a standard certification to show authorities that a worker legitimately works in a “Critical Infrastructure”?
If your employees would benefit from a letter that affirms that they are working in support of critical infrastructure, you can download an edit-able file to adapt to your business. TIA (the Transportation Intermediaries Association) also shared a form letter At this time, there is no government issued certification/ authorization.
If you are having trouble transporting food or with other major supply chain disruptions please contact FEMA’s national emergency business operations center at firstname.lastname@example.org
Guidance for individuals traveling to work in the United States (e.g., individuals working in the farming or agriculture industry who must travel between the United States and Mexico in furtherance of such work). Reference Here.
COMMERCIAL ROUTING ASSISTANCE
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and Idaho National Laboratory (INL) have deployed a capability for truckers and other commercial drivers in the U.S. to understand restrictions that they might encounter as they travel across the country. The Commercial Routing Assistance (CRA) tool merges coordinated and vetted data streams, plots multiple automated or custom routing options, and visualizes the wide variety of state regulations and actions that a driver would encounter along a route. With this free tool, commercial operators can plan vehicle movements across multiple states quickly, particularly during emergencies.