Industry updates and Florida-specific information
Florida Truck Association's FAQs about Trucking and the Coronavirus
Copy of presentation on Paid Sick and Family Medical Leave with Michael Spellman of employment law firm Sniffen and Spellman, regarding the impact of the new federal law mandating paid sick leave. (From FTA's webinar March 26.)
FDOT will be setting up a second checkpoint on I-95 at the FL/GA line tomorrow, March 29th, beginning at 10:00am EST. Commercial traffic will be guided through in the left lane to bypass the weigh station.
FDOT has set up a checkpoint at the I-10 3.3 mile marker (EB) from Alabama at the weigh station. Trucks should drive in the left lane and bypass the weigh station. All other vehicles will be directed to the right lane and go through the weigh station checkpoint to be cleared. Executive Order 20-86
Clarification/Enforcement bulletin from FDOT
Updated FAQ from FMCSA
Draft poster from the Department of Labor which will be required for employers to distribute to their employees, which outlines the requirements of the new family medical leave act and sick leave provisions.
FMCSA has reorganized their online listings of COVID19 declarations and actions. This includes a new FAQ, etc.
U.S. Senate passes "Phase Three" emergency legislation with important relief for employers and small business
• Just before midnight on 3/25/20, the Senate unanimously passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act by a vote of 96-0. The bill would provide critical assistance to small- and midsize motor carriers needed to maintain payrolls, the economy’s supply lines and the movement of essential goods that all Americans rely on:
Provides nearly $350 billion in federally guaranteed loans via the Paycheck Protection Program to provide eight weeks of cash-flow assistance to small businesses who maintain their payroll during this emergency. If employers maintain their payroll, the loans would be forgiven, which would help workers to remain employed and affected small businesses and our economy to quickly snap-back after the crisis.
Allows the Paycheck Protection Program to cover payroll costs, paid sick leave, supply chain disruptions, employee salaries, health insurance premiums, mortgage payments, and other debt obligations to provide immediate access to capital for small businesses who have been impacted by the coronavirus.
Provides $17 billion in small business debt relief by requiring the Small Business Administration to pay all principal, interest, and fees on all existing SBA loan products for six months to provide relief to small businesses negatively affected by the coronavirus.
Provides $10 billion for expanded eligibility for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans, including emergency grants, an advance of $10,000 within three days to maintain payroll, provide paid sick leave, and to service other debt obligations.
Is it a cold, allergies, the flu or COVID-19? Here's a comparison chart.
FTA is hosting a webinar on Paid Sick and Family Medical Leave with Michael Spellman of employment law firm Sniffen and Spellman, regarding the impact of the new federal law mandating paid sick leave.
McDonald's update for drivers who cannot drive-thru for food:
PHSMA Training exception from USDOT
FDOT has announced the closure of Florida Turnpike restaurants. Restrooms, fuel and convenience stores will remain open.
FAQs from FMCSA regarding the updated emergency declaration
Update from FDOT regarding electronic tolling on the Turnpike
Valuable information on Family and Medical Leave via Sniffen and Spellman, P.A.
FMCSA Updated Emergency Declaration: This declaration is more broad and has clarifying language.
At the direction of Governor Ron DeSantis, Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes has issued an Emergency Order extending all Florida driver licenses and identification cards that will expire in the next 30 days. All Florida driver licenses, commercial driver licenses and identification cards set to expire in the next 30 days will be granted a 30-day extension beyond their current expiration date.
The Executive Order, accessible here, authorizes the following:
Extends the effective period of all driver licenses and identification cards that will expire between March 16, 2020, and April 15, 2020, for 30 days.
Waives the delinquent renewal fees during the extension period for these driver licenses and identification cards.
FLHSMV Emergency Order
Please note: the overweight/oversize waivers issued by FDOT include fuel.
USDOT Emergency Declaration
This Emergency Declaration provides regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicle operations that are providing direct assistance in support of emergency relief efforts related to the COVID-19 outbreaks, including transportation to meet immediate needs for: (1) medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19; (2) 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; (3) food for emergency restocking of stores; (4) equipment, supplies and persons necessary to establish and manage temporary housing, quarantine, and isolation facilities related to COVID-19; (5) persons designated by Federal, State or local authorities for medical, isolation, or quarantine purposes; and (6) persons necessary to provide other medical or emergency services, the supply of which may be affected by the COVID-19 response. Direct assistance does not include routine commercial deliveries, or transportation of mixed loads that include essential supplies, equipment and persons, along with supplies, equipment and persons that are not being transported in support of emergency relief efforts related to the COVID-19 outbreaks.
March 13, 2020 10:09pm
FDOT has issued an Emergency Road Use Permit Letter pursuant to Executive Order 20-52. The below Permit Letter must be used in conjunction with the referenced maps for overweight vehicles only. All files will be available at the following website:
Currently, American Trucking Associations is monitoring the situation regarding COVID-19. With concerns about the widespread growth of workplace exposure to acute respiratory illnesses, including the COVID-19, employers should prepare to implement strategies to protect their workforce while continuing operations.
ATA recommends the following strategies for employers:
Monitor the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) links for the most up to date information;
Update & Review Company Policies and Procedures;
Partner with State and Local officials;
Perform routine environmental cleaning;
Actively encourage sick employees to stay home; and
Instruct employees on respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene.