With the ongoing spread of COVID-19 and the incredible speed at which things are changing, we are facing unprecedented times. Trucking is at the front-line to support our communities. Use this page to stay up to date with information from ATA, FMCSA and local governments.
We keep moving, because you keep moving. Thank you for all that you do.
COVID-19 Updates & Resources
OSHA Vaccine Mandate
Truckers Exempt from Vaccine Mandate
Truck drivers traveling alone in their cabs are exempt from a new interim final rule mandating that employees for large private companies get COVID-19 vaccinations, according to a statement by US Labor Secretary Marty Walsh.
OSHA released updated FAQs on the vaccine-or-test Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) and its applicability to commercial truck drivers on January 12, 2022.
Emergency Declaration Portal
Find state-by-state specific information including emergency declarations, waivers, amendments, extensions, exemptions, and executive orders in this easy-to-navigate, online portal.
COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Extended until February 28, 2022: The latest declaration provides regulatory relief only for 49 CFR §395.3 “Maximum Driving Time for Property-Carrying Vehicles.” The declaration applies specifically to CMV operations involved directly in COVID-19 relief efforts including, but not limited to, transporting vaccines, medical supplies and equipment; livestock and livestock feed; and food, paper products, and other groceries for emergency restocking. Additional commodities covered under the newest declaration include gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and ethyl alcohol; and supplies to assist individuals impacted by the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic such as building materials for displaced individuals. Reporting Requirements: The notice directs motor carriers that voluntarily operate under the terms of this extension and amendment of Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002 to report within 5 days after the end of each month their reliance on the Declaration. To report, motor carriers will access their portal account at https://portal.fmcsa.dot.gov/login. We strongly encourage everyone to review the applicability, restrictions, and limitations.
- Access to the Original FMCSA Emergency Declaration
- First Extension & Expansion of Emergency Declaration
- Second Extension of FMCSA Emergency Declaration
- Third Extension of FMCSA Emergency Declaration
- Fourth Extension of FMCSA Emergency Declaration
- Fifth Extension & Modification of FMCSA Emergency Declaration
- Sixth Extension of FMCSA Emergency Declaration
- Seventh Expansion and Extension of FMCSA Emergency Declaration
- Eighth Extension of expanded modified FMCSA Emergency Declaration
- Ninth Extension of expanded modified declaration
- Tenth Extension & Amendment of Emergency Declaration
- More general FAQ around Emergency Declaration
Expired CDL and Medical Cards:
FMCSA’s CDL, CLP, and Medical Certificate Expiration Waivers and Enforcement Notice Expires November 30: On August 31, FMCSA extended its waiver regarding the validity of CDLs, CLPs, and certain medical certificates. CDL and CLP holders, and interstate drivers operating CMVs with credentials that expired on or after March 1, 2020, have until November 30 to renew these credentials. Drivers whose medical certification or medical variance expired on or after June 1, 2021, also have until November 30 to renew. Given ongoing service reductions at many SDLAs and medical facilities, the agency determined that it is in the public interest to extend this waiver. This is not a blanket exemption from the CLP, CDL, and/or Medical Certificate requirements. Drivers and carriers should review the waiver details and check with SDLAs to ensure their operations qualify. Some states have indicated they will not extend the expiration periods to match FMCSA’s waiver.
- Access the Notice of Enforcement Policy
- Access the latest version of the CDL Waiver
- Details of the Waiver
- See the answers to Frequently Asked Questions regarding permissible actions during COVID-19
Drug & Alcohol Testing
Guidance document provides clarity to DOT-regulated employers, employees, and service agents on conducting DOT drug-and-alcohol testing given concerns about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
IFTA and IRP Emergency Waivers
Many states are granting temporary waivers of International Registration Plan (IRP) and International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) requirements for carriers transporting goods and services for disaster relief from COVID-19. It is each state jurisdictions’ responsibility, rather than FMCSA, to issue IFTA, IRP registrations, license renewals and trip permits.
Tips for staying safe on the road
- Limit any hand contact with your eyes, ears, nose & mouth.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap & warm water — for at least 20 seconds.
- Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer, if available.
- Clean your cell phone with sanitizer often.
- When exchanging paperwork, use disposable gloves, if possible. Use your own pen.
- Keep the inside of your vehicle clean — scrubbing with cleaners/disinfectants & break out the vacuum. Here’s some more tips on cleaning and sanitizing truck cabs.
- Avoid shaking hands with anyone until the threat is over — a verbal greeting or wave is appropriate.
- Practice respiratory hygiene — cover mouth & nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Seek medical attention early if you develop a fever, cough, or have difficulty breathing.
- Stay informed & follow advice given by your healthcare provider, the CDC or WHO.
- If there is a chance you were infected, stay away from people & self-quarantine.
- Need to get tested? Here’s how to get help away from home.
Supporting our front lines during the COVID-19 Crisis
Meals for Truck Drivers
As people across the country stay home to slow the spread of the virus, truckers are on the front lines delivering essential goods to our communities. Truck drivers are keeping our shelves stocked and supermarkets full, but are having a hard time finding a meal for themselves due to some restaurants and truck stops being closed along typical routes.
EROAD has partnered with Oregon Trucking Associations and Washington Trucking Association to support drivers with food and safety supplies to keep them happy, healthy and on the road.
EROAD also partnered with Washington Trucking Association and donated $1,000 to help truckers get meals brought to them at the ports of Washington.
Learn more about ATA’s efforts on keeping truck stops open and the restaurants across the nation that are supporting truckers.
Want to help?
- Consider ways to make portable shower facilities accessible for truck drivers. One group turned their unused high school into a rest stop for drivers.
- Donate to your state trucking association’s trucker relief program. Donate to Oregon Trucking’s Feed a Trucker Program.
- When giving out box lunches to truck drivers include protective personal safety supplies, including hand sanitizer, masks, gloves, and disinfectant wipes for cleaning inside the cab.
- If you’re putting together a relief event, look for places that have enough space for truckers to pick up meals that won’t cause traffic jams.
Join the cause and support your community!
WEBINAR: Best Practices for Safety during a Pandemic
EROAD’s Training Manager Susan Reszczynski reveals best practices for safety during a pandemic. Learn how to stay agile, curious and adaptable during a year of change.
Topics covered in this webinar include:
- Tips on building resiliency and improving safety
- Updating your company policies
- Future proofing your business
Thinking of requiring vaccines for your drivers?
While requiring employees to get immunizations and vaccines is not new, there are some questions for mandatory vaccination programs versus voluntary compliance you’ll want to consider. This article from HDT may help: Should My Company Mandate and Promote Driver Vaccines?
EROAD’s Contact Tracing Service
One thing we are certain of here at EROAD is our commitment to you. While we have implemented CDC guidance to keep employees safe by having them work remotely, EROAD remains open and fully operational to service and support customers during this trying time. Our warehouse and shipping remain fully operational and we do not currently anticipate any disruptions to our inventory.
If you need to reach an EROAD team member, you can call or email us:
Thank you truckers for your continued efforts to bring goods and services to families and businesses across America.
EROAD stands with you and is proud to be part of the trucking industry.