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Everything You Need to Know About COVID-19 to Keep You and Your Company Safe on the Road.

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On March 25 the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) provided updated guidance to their Drug and Alcohol testing policy, which will remain in effect until May 30, 2020. CLICK HERE for a member-exclusive summary of the guidance and what you need to do to stay in compliance.

US DOT Expands National Emergency Declaration for Commercial Vehicles Delivering Relief in Response to the Coronavirus Outbreak

 

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today issued an expanded national emergency declaration to provide hours-of-service regulatory relief to commercial vehicle drivers transporting emergency relief in response to the nationwide coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

FMCSA’s expanded declaration provides for regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicle operations providing direct assistance supporting emergency relief efforts intended to meet immediate needs for:

▪ 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, paper products and other groceries for emergency restocking of distribution centers or stores.

▪ Immediate precursor raw materials—such as paper, plastic or alcohol—that are required and to be used for the manufacture of essential items.

▪ Fuel.

▪ Equipment, supplies and persons necessary to establish and manage temporary housing, quarantine.

▪ Persons designated by federal, state or local authorities for medical, isolation, or quarantine purposes.

▪ Persons necessary to provide other medical or emergency services.

FMCSA’s emergency declaration is the first time the Agency has issued nation-wide relief and follows President Trump issuing of a national emergency declaration in response to the virus.

Poster to Download and Display

Display this poster in your workplaces and distribute to your employees in an effort to dispel rumors and remind employees of the Social Distancing requirements set forth for in the stay at home order.

(right click on the image and select "Save Image As" to save and print or CLICK HERE to download)

Employer Poster V2

Looking to access all COVID-19 content? Login to your member portal now. Here is a video to help you navigate.

During this time, we are asking Governor DeWine to make the trucking Industry a priority. Here are our asks:

 

  • Full Access to Rest Areas, Food Services and Parking for CDL Holders
  • Extend Licenses and Registration That Expire Prior to June 8, 2020
  • Suspend Random Truck Inspections and Scale Houses for 30 Days
  • Allow Truck Parking at Scale Facilities
  • Waive Overweight Permit Fees for Emergency Loads
  • Allow Drivers to Use Electronic Permits and Paperwork
  • Suspend all No Truck Route Restrictions and Waive Spring Load Restrictions
  • Extend Income Tax Filing Deadline and Waive Late Penalties
  • Keep Daycares Open to All Transportation Employees
  • Make Trucking, Warehousing, Distribution and Truck Stops Essential Business

Special COVID-19 Coverage Brought to You By:

 

Friends of OTA:

Marsh & McLennan Agency

J.J. Keller & Associates

CDC Guidance for Businesses

PUCO HOS Exemption (Must be Printed and in Trucks)

Summary of HB197

The Ohio Legislature and Governor's Office have worked together to ease regulatory burdens during this time. We are appreciative of the work being done by the state to ensure expiring CDL licenses continue to be valid and accepted until this historic time has passed. Read more HERE.

 

CDC Statement on Self-Quarantine Guidance for Greater New York City Transportation and Delivery Workers

When we issued the self-quarantining guidance for greater New York City residents leaving this area, it was out of an abundance of caution to help protect U.S. areas with lower levels of COVID-19 spread. In line with our recommendations for other essential critical infrastructure workers, this guidance does not apply to critical transportation and delivery workers who are desperately needed for New York residents to continue their daily lives and respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. Read more HERE.

March 26 Webinar Replay: OTA President Tom Balzer Talks COVID-19, State of Ohio Regulation Changes

Watch a replay of President Tom Balzer's update on the state of the industry in Ohio amidst COVID-19. During this webinar, he talked about the changes in regulations, the issues facing member companies and how you can keep your drivers healthy on the road during this time. Click HERE for the replay.

CVSA Announces Postponement of Roadcheck Safety Blitz

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has announced the postponement of their annual nationwide Roadcheck Safety Blitz, scheduled for May 5-7, due to continued concerns over the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Roadcheck will take place at some point later in the year, although the specific dates have not yet been determined.

Essential Business Letter

Customize this optional letter, print and place in trucks.

Under Ohio’s stay at home order, credentialing is not required, but we have produced a template letter that you can customize and place in trucks to give your drivers peace of mind.

Download the letter HERE.

Ohio Issues Stay at Home Order

The Director of the Ohio Department of Health, Amy Acton, MD, MPH,  has officially put in place a Stay at Home Order that will begin March 23 at 11:59 pm. The order requires all people to stay at home, except for individuals that are exempt based on the details of the order. Full details can be found HERE. Do you still have questions about the order? Find answers to the Frequently Asked Questions HERE.

March 23 Webinar Replay: OTA President Tom Balzer Talks COVID-19, State of Ohio Regulation Changes

Watch a replay of President Tom Balzer's update on the state of the industry in Ohio amidst COVID-19. During this webinar, he talked about the changes in regulations, the issues facing member companies and how you can keep your drivers healthy on the road during this time. Click HERE for the replay.

Ohio Overweight Permitting Information

For this emergency ODOT is currently allowing permits for emergency medical relief, food and like items to be issued via phone with following the paper process and fee collection at a later time. Ohio Administrative Code sections 5501:2-1-01 (H)(I), 5501:2-1-06 and 5501:2-1-07 (12) Emergency single trip permit shall not exceed one calendar day; (13) Emergency single trip and return permit shall not exceed three calendar days.  In no case shall a permit be issued for a duration which extends beyond the expiration date of any insurance policy or endorsement provided as evidence of financial responsibility. Click Here for more information.

UPDATED: Ohio BMV Locations Remaining Open for CDL Exams and Renewals

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that five BMV offices in Ohio will remain open for Commercial Drivers License (CDL) renewals and to perform commercial knowledge exams.

The locations to be opened are as follows:

Central Ohio: Registrar Office—4503 Kenny Road, Columbus 43220 and Exam Station—4738 Cemetery Road, Hilliard 43026

NW Ohio: Registrar Office and Exam Station—1616 E. Wooster St., Bowling Green 43042

NE Ohio: Registrar Office 7000 Biddulph Road, Brooklyn 44144

SW Ohio: Registrar Office—10938 Hamilton Ave., Mt. Healthy 45231 and Exam Station—10940 Hamilton Ave., Mt. Healthy 45231

SE Ohio: Registrar Office and Exam Station—142 Gross St., Marietta 45750

For the full declaration: BMV Closures Press Release

*note: as of March 23, the Registrar Office and Exam Station in Bedford is CLOSED.

UPDATED: PA Turnpike Reopens Service Centers

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Authority announced the reopening of restrooms and food carry-out options at the 17 Service Plazas along the Turnpike, starting Friday morning at 7:00 am.

Restrooms will be open 24 hours a day, while the food available for carry-out will be available from 7 am until 6 pm, except at the North Midway and Valley Forge plazas, which will offer food 24 hours a day.

Tolls will continue to be collected exclusively with EZ-Pass, or, for those vehicles that don’t have EZ-Pass, a Toll-by-Plate billing method will be used. The standard tolling rates will apply, with no surcharges added. Inquiries and further updates can be found at the Turnpike website.

Click HERE for more information.

Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation Deferral

Ohio’s Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) system is the exclusive provider of workers’ compensation insurance in Ohio and serves 249,000 public and private employers.

To help businesses facing difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ohio BWC is announcing that insurance premium installment payments due for March, April, and May for the current policy year may be deferred until June 1, 2020. At that time the matter will be reconsidered.

"BWC will not cancel coverage or assess penalties for amounts not paid because of the coronavirus pandemic," said Lt. Governor Husted. "Installment payments due for the three-month period are totaled at approximately $200 million, and that money will now stay in the economy."

For more information, visit www.bwc.ohio.gov.

DoD Suspends All Military Moves

All DoD military personnel will stop movement while this memorandum is in effect. In addition, DoD civilian personnel and DoD family members, whose transportation is government-funded, will also stop movement. This policy applies to Permanent Change of Station (PCS) and Temporary Duty. Click HERE.

Grace Period for Health Insurance Premiums

All health insurers are required to provide the option of deferring premium payments, interest free, for up to 60 calendar days from each original premium due date. This means that employers can defer their premium payments up to two months, giving them some relief on costs, while keeping their employees insured. Read details HERE.

Federal IRS Tax Day now July 15

Businesses who need additional time must file Form 7004

IR-2020-58, March 21, 2020

WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced today that the federal income tax filing due date is automatically extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020.

Taxpayers can also defer federal income tax payments due on April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020, without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed. This deferment applies to all taxpayers, including individuals, trusts and estates, corporations and other non-corporate tax filers as well as those who pay self-employment tax.

Taxpayers do not need to file any additional forms or call the IRS to qualify for this automatic federal tax filing and payment relief. Individual taxpayers who need additional time to file beyond the July 15 deadline, can request a filing extension by filing Form 4868 through their tax professional, tax software or using the Free File link on IRS.gov. Businesses who need additional time must file Form 7004.

CLICK HERE for full news release. CLICK HERE for IRS Coronavirus Tax Relief Page.

 

Ohio Chamber of Commerce Resource Page

As a resource for you, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce has launched COVID-19 Business Resources webpage. The new webpage is designed to be a central hub for Ohio business owners to view current temporary restrictions, available resources to help curb the COVID-19 impact on your business, and pending legislation addressing COVID-19 and aiming to provide additional relief to businesses. Click HERE for the resource page.

Pilot Flying J Updates Which Centers are Open Around the Country

A note from Pilot Flying J: Thank you and your drivers for continuing to deliver the goods we need, especially in challenging times when they are needed most. We are here to serve you and keep you moving. Our number one priority is protecting the safety of our team members and guests. We developed a response task force in February to monitor COVID-19 (coronavirus) and have been meeting daily to monitor and update our plans to best respond to the rapidly changing situation. Click HERE for full list of services.

IRP Extension

Governor DeWine has declared a state of emergency, so until further notice all International Registration Plan (IRP) jurisdictions and enforcement personnel will refrain from taking enforcement action on vehicles barring Ohio IRP Vehicle Registrations (IRP Cab Card or IRP Temporary Authorization Authority [TA]) that have expiration dates on or after March 18, 2020. We recommend you print off and carry the letter with you. Click HERE for more information and the letter.

U.S. Small Business Administration Relief

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Click HERE for more information.

Governor DeWine Issues Unemployment Declaration

An executive order issued by Governor DeWine expands flexibility for Ohioans to receive unemployment benefits during Ohio's emergency declaration period. Unemployment benefits will be available for eligible individuals who are requested by a medical professional, local health authority, or employer to be isolated or quarantined as a consequence of COVID-19, even if they are not actually diagnosed with COVID-19. In addition, the waiting period for eligible Ohioans to receive unemployment benefits will be waived. Click HERE for more information.

For the latest information regarding COVID-19 in Ohio go HERE.

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