How about adding just one more New Year’s resolution to your list? Volunteer to speak to a class of middle school or high school students about the trucking industry and future career opportunities. Yes, you can do it. It is important to pass along our own experience and knowledge to future generations, it’s rewarding and now it is easier than ever. NGT has just launched a tool to help you tell the trucking story!

 

Exploring Careers: Trucking Industry classroom presentation is available to download for free from NextGenTrucking.org and can be used by anyone in trucking to educate students about the nature of our industry and open their eyes to possibilities. Not only is it formatted in PowerPoint and geared toward students but includes (6) videos to further explain and illustrate why trucking matters.

 

We are grateful to the task force of industry experts that contributed their time in developing the presentation, the financial contributions to produce the presentation, and those of you with a passion for trucking who will find it useful to inspire the next generation.   

 

Lindsey Trent

President & Co-Founder, Next Gen Trucking Association | www.nextgentrucking.org

Want to Drive Down Your Drivers Risk of Developing Diabetes?

The St. Christopher Truckers Fund (SCF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that serves over-the-road semi-truck drivers across the nation. The SCF has two missions of service. The first mission is to provide financial assistance to drivers and their families when an illness or injury has recently caused them to be out of work. The second mission is to make the truck driver population one that is healthier through prevention programs and education. One study of professional drivers showed that over 70% of drivers interviewed had at least one health issue such as diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, or smoking. With this, and our health prevention mission in mind, we have implemented a tobacco cessation, a heart/total body health, and a diabetes prevention program.

Do you know that approximately one in three people in America are considered pre-diabetic and
eight of ten of those people don’t know it? What does that mean for you? If you have 100 drivers in your fleet, 33 of them are most likely pre-diabetic. That can not only affect the health of your drivers, but it can also affect your bottom line.

The SCF has earned recognition as a CDC-approved diabetes prevention program. While using the CDC curriculum for the program, we have tailored it to meet the needs of truck drivers and call it Driving Down Diabetes. Past and present participants have had much success lowering their risk of diabetes. They have collectively lost well over 5% of their body weight, lowered their blood pressure, adopted healthier eating

 practices, and increased their time spent

 moving. Drivers have rated our program 5 stars, and we’ve even had repeat participants who learned the tools the first time but wanted to stay on top of their health and really ingrain the practices taught into their lives. One participant stated, “It’s devoting one hour a week that can change your life”. A past participant said, 

 

Ten months after completing the program, I have kept off the 50lbs I lost, my A1c is in the normal range, and I recently walked in a 10-mile benefit for cancer.”

That is success for life!

What exactly is this Diabetes Prevention Program thing, you ask? Great question! SCF’s diabetes prevention program is FREE for all Class A CDL, over-the-road professional drivers who are at risk for Type 2 diabetes. Not sure if you or your drivers are at risk? Use our risk assessment tool to see if you’re eligible for the program. We encourage every at-risk driver to participate in this evidence-based lifestyle change program to reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Driving Down Diabetes includes a CDC-approved curriculum, a lifestyle coach specially trained to lead the program, and a support group of other drivers who have similar goals and challenges. The program offers weekly classes focusing on nutrition, getting active, stress management, sleep, and more. 

What makes our program different from others who offer similar programs? How does FREE sound? That’s right, there is no cost to participate. The program’s sponsorship by Southern Recipe has allowed us to offer this program for free, and to also provide scales, blood pressure monitors, activity trackers, resistance bands, and glucose monitors for those who need them.

SCF is beginning a new Driving Down Diabetes weekly session group on February 7th, 2023. We will meet Live on Mondays at 7 pm CT via the Zoom app. The program is a one-year commitment to making little lifestyle changes that can ultimately save or extend your life. It’s never too late to take steps to feel and be the best you possible. And it’s never too late to show your drivers you care about their health.

So, what can you as a company do?

  • Tell your drivers about the program.
  • Offer incentives for drivers to register and complete the program.
  • Visit Driving Down Diabetes to have your drivers register to participate.

If you are interested in learning more about any of our wellness programs, please contact Julie at julie@truckersfund.org or 865-544-8145. You can also visit our website for more information.

About Julie: Julie Dillon is the Health & Wellness Manager for St. Christopher Truckers

 

Click here to discover even more amazing programs from St. Christopher Truckers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 14, 2022

Contact: Carla Rose

(770) 432-0628

CRose@Trucking.org

 

ATRI Announces 2023-2024 Research Advisory Committee Members

 

Washington, DC – The American Transportation Research Institute today released the names of those individuals appointed by the ATRI Board of Directors to serve on the 2023-2024 Research Advisory Committee (RAC). Among other activities, ATRI’s RAC is responsible for annually identifying the top research priorities for the trucking industry.  RAC members represent a diverse cross-section of trucking industry stakeholders including motor carriers, industry suppliers, commercial drivers, shippers, law enforcement, academia and government. 

 

Mr. Ben Banks, Vice President of Operations for TCW, Inc. was appointed to serve as Chair of the RAC. The 2023-2024 ATRI Research Advisory Committee members are:

 

Colin Abernathy         

Director of Performance and Analytics

Groendyke Transport, Inc.

 

Brent Allred

Transportation Practice Leader & Managing Director

Higginbotham Transportation Services

 

Andrew Andrusko

Statewide Freight Planning Director

Minnesota Department of Transportation

 

Renee Bowen

Principal

Franklin & Prokopik, P.C.

 

Tony Bradley

President & CEO

Arizona Trucking Association

 

Michael Bray

Chief Commercial Officer

Platform Science

 

Joyce Brenny

President & CEO

Brenny Transportation, Inc.

 

Bree Bryant

Vice President of Safety

Eagle Transport Corp.

 

Mark Colson

President & CEO

Alabama Trucking Association

 

Mark Doughty

President and CEO

PrePass Safety Alliance

 

Steve Fields

America’s Road Team Captain

Yellow

 

Rob Haddock

Group Director, Planning and Logistics

Coca-Cola North America

 

Evangelos Kaiser

Director, Freight Mobility Research Institute

Florida Atlantic University

 

Jackie Kelly

Senior Federal Affairs Representative

FedEx Corp.

 

Mike Ludwick

Chief Administrative Officer

Bison Transport

 

Ken Marko

Fleet Sustainability Senior Manager

US Foods

 

Andrew Mills

Vice President of Operations

TrueNorth Companies

Andrew Owens

CEO – Manager

A&M Transport

 

Andrew Petrofsky

Vice President

J&M Tank Lines

 

Dustin Ragon

Lieutenant, Commercial Carrier Enforcement

Wyoming Highway Patrol

 

Jose Samperio

Executive Director, End-User Sales

Cummins Inc.

 

Jon Samson

Executive Director, Agricultural and Food Transporters Conference

American Trucking Associations

 

Amanda Schuier

Director of Employee Engagement

Jetco Delivery

 

Andrea Serra

Senior Enterprise Product Manager

CH Robinson

 

Kimberly Skelton

Senior Manager, Consumer Insights

Pilot Flying J

 

Mike Stapleton

Vice President of Industry Relations

ISAAC Instruments

 

Kerry Stritt

Vice President Fleet Services

Southeastern Freight Lines

 

Daniel Studdard

Principal Planner, Transportation Access and Mobility Division

Atlanta Regional Commission

 

Heather Sykes

Director of the Office of Supply Chain, Professional, and Business Services

U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration

 

Gregg Troin

President

PGT Trucking

 

Stephen Truono

EVP and Chief Risk Officer

NFI Industries

 

Connie Vaughn

Manager, Government Relations

McKee Foods

 

Tom Weakley

Director of Operations

Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association Foundation

“ATRI’s RAC members serve a critical role in identifying and prioritizing the trucking industry’s top research needs. We congratulate all those appointed by the ATRI Board to serve in this important role and look forward to working with them,” said ATRI President Rebecca Brewster
ATRI is the trucking industry’s 501c3 not-for-profit research organization. It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation’s essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system.
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NEWS RELEASE

 

Highway Transport’s Pam Randol selected as finalist for NTTC Driver of the Year Grand Champion

 

The National Tank Truck Carriers (NTTC) has recognized Highway Transport driver Pamela “Pam” Randol as one of eight finalists in the 2022-2023 Professional Tank Truck Driver of the Year Grand Champion program.

The eight finalists advance to the final round of the selection process in Arlington, Virginia, where a panel of industry professionals will judge contestants on their knowledge of the tank truck industry, dedication to safety, ability to communicate the industry’s messages, overall safe driving record and influence outside of their driving responsibilities. The 2022-2023 Professional Tank Truck Driver of the Year Grand Champion will be unveiled in Washington, D.C., during National Tank Truck Carrier’s 78th Annual Conference in early May 2023.

“Pam’s passion for the profession of trucking began in her childhood and continued into her military service during Desert Storm,” Highway Transport CEO Marshall Franklin said. “Pam’s spirit shines with everything she does every day. She builds relationships wherever she goes, and this has a positive impact on our industry. We are grateful for her service at Highway Transport and her commitment to her fellow drivers and colleagues.”

A professional driver since 1992, Randol has been driving tank trucks for three and a half years. Prior to that, Randol served in the U.S. Army from 1987-1992, during which time she served in Desert Storm. While deployed, Randol drove a 20-ton dump truck as part of an engineering unit that completed projects such as building roads.

“Part of what drives me is when somebody says, ‘You can’t do that,’ ” Randol said. “Well let me show you something: I’m just going to keep doing it until I succeed. I’m not afraid of anything. When I was eight years old, I saw a convoy of trucks and said to myself, ‘I’m going to drive a truck in the Army.’ I did, and the bug got me – I’m doing this for the rest of my life. My experience in the military showed me what I’m capable of.”

 

Randol’s achievement as a finalist marks the third time in company history that a Highway Transport driver has been selected for recognition and awards by the NTTC. Last year, the organization bestowed its highest national award to Highway Transport’s Thomas Frain, naming him the NTTC 2021-2022 Professional Tank Truck Driver of the Year Grand Champion. Highway Transport driver Alen Smailovic was recognized as one of the eight finalists in the 2020-2021 contest.

NTTC is a trade association representing more than 500 companies that specialize in transporting bulk or related services throughout North America. The Professional Tank Truck Driver of the Year Award recognizes an exemplary tank truck company driver or independent contractor who serves the industry with the most reliable and safe transportation of liquid or dry bulk commodities. The winner represents the best the tank truck industry has to offer with a demonstrated record of safety and a tireless involvement in community and charity organizations.  

 

“Safety is the number one priority,” Randol added. “I’m constantly thinking of safety. And I try to treat other people the way I want to be treated. I’m in a Highway Transport truck, and they’re glad to see that truck pull in. But then when they see me, that makes it more special for me and taking pride in my job.”

 

Thanks in great part to the diligence and safety record of its drivers, including Randol, Highway Transport earned the Responsible Care® Partner of the Year Award from the American Chemistry Council in 2019, 2021 and 2022. Highway Transport also has received recognition as a “Top Companies for Women to Work For in Transportation” by Women In Trucking in 2021 and 2022.

 

Highway Transport currently is hiring experienced drivers, and candidates can learn more at Drive4Highway.com. 

 

About Highway Transport
Highway Transport is a Knoxville, Tennessee-based company providing bulk transportation of specialty chemicals. The tanker fleet operates from 20-plus service centers in major chemical manufacturing areas across the U.S. with a fleet of 500+ tanker trucks and over 900 stainless steel trailers. Highway Transport has service centers in the following U.S. markets: Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Kingsport TN; Chicago and Kankakee in Illinois; Detroit; Charlotte; Atlanta and McDonough, GA; Bridgeport, NJ; Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, PA; Cincinnati and Toledo, OH; Baton Rouge and Lake Charles, LA; Houston, Dallas, Freeport and Garland, TX.

 

Highway Transport received the Responsible Care® Partner of the Year Award in 2019, 2021 and 2022. The Responsible Care® organization recognizes partners with companies that have superb performance and safety records involved in the transportation of chemicals. Discover more in-depth information about Highway Transport by visiting HighwayTransport.com.

 

 

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Highway Transport driver Pam Randol has been named one of eight finalists in the National Tank Truck Carriers (NTTC) 2022-2023 Professional Tank Truck Driver of the Year Grand Champion program.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Dec. 13, 2022

 

 

 

For more information:

Lauren Miller

Moxley Carmichael

865-599-4050

 

 

FMCSA is proposing to narrow the scope of regulations from which relief is provided automatically for motor carriers providing direct assistance when an emergency has been declared. Through the proposed changes, the Agency would ensure that the relief granted through emergency declarations is appropriate and tailored to the specifics of the circumstances and emergency being addressed. The Agency also proposes revisions to the process for extending an automatic emergency exemption where circumstances warrant.

 

Public comments must be received on or before February 6, 2023.

 

https://www.regulations.gov/document/FMCSA-2022-0028-0001

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sean McNally
November 28, 2022 (703) 838-1995
Trucking Industry Calls on Congress to Avert Rail Strike 
Washington – Today, the American Trucking Associations called on Congress to intervene in a looming crippling strike by railroad workers. With a number of unions’ members rejecting a compromise reached by their leadership and the nation’s railroads – a deal that had the backing of the Biden Administration – a strike could be less than two weeks away.“ATA calls on Congress to act immediately to resolve this looming issue,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “Further delays only result in more uncertainty and inflationary pressure at a time when the economy is straining under the weight of both. Trucking is not alone in calling on Congress to act immediately – hundreds of organizations and President Biden have all also urged lawmakers to end this stalemate.”With a December 9 strike deadline set, railroads are planning to stop taking hazardous materials – including fuel – next week. With national fuel supplies, especially diesel, in short supply throughout numerous parts of the country, we cannot afford any disruption to our nation’s supply chain that a potential rail strike would create. Hospitals, businesses and ordinary Americans depend on freight rail and trucking for daily necessities, and the trucking industry has neither the equipment nor the manpower to replace a single day of lost freight rail service. Truck transportation and railroads are much more complements than substitutes – there is no way the trucking industry can replace all the rail freight.

American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of 50 affiliated state trucking associations and industry-related conferences and councils, ATA is the voice of the industry America depends on most to move our nation’s freight.

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STATE REPRESENTATIVE PAT MARSH, LONGTIME TRUCKING EXECUTIVE, RECEIVES TENNESSEE TRUCKING ASSOCIATION’S PINNACLE AWARD

State association’s highest honor bestowed for the first time in eight years to longtime industry veteran and state leader

NASHVILLE, TN (September 2022) – State Representative Pat Marsh, a pioneer in the trucking industry whose career has spanned nearly 60 years, has been named a recipient of the Pinnacle Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Tennessee Trucking Association (TTA), for his lifetime commitment to and advocacy for the industry. Marsh is just the thirteenth recipient of the prestigious award in its 28-year history, presented only when an individual is identified for demonstrating uncommon service and dedication to the industry.

 

“Since its origination in 1994, the Pinnacle Award has been presented to a select few of TTA’s most influential and effective members who have made lasting contributions to the state’s trucking industry,” said Donna England, TTA President & CEO.  “As the first to receive this award since 2014, Pat epitomizes what the Pinnacle Award stands for. His years of experience have proven invaluable as a leader for the TTA and as an advocate for the industry as a state legislator.”

 

A native of Lincoln County, Marsh graduated from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville with a business degree in Transportation before embarking on a career in the automotive industry.  In 1973, he left a job with the Ford Motor Company in Nashville and moved to Shelbyville to join Goggin Truck Line, a small company with six tractors and twelve trailers. He eventually bought the company and grew it to 500 tractors and 1000 trailers while employing over 1,000 people. In 1995, Marsh sold the company and started another trucking company, Big G Express, with his brother Jack.

 

Marsh was elected to the Tennessee State Legislature in October of 2009 to represent the 62nd District, which includes Bedford and parts of Lincoln Counties. In 2021, he was selected by his fellow state House members to serve in the role of Speaker Pro Tempore for the 112th General. He also serves on several legislative committees, including the Transportation Committee. Since being elected to the Legislature, Marsh has helped pass numerous bills that have a positive impact on the trucking industry, including funding for improvements to highways, roads and bridges across the state.

 

“It was an honor for me to be a recipient of the Pinnacle Award in 2012, and I believe Pat was an ideal choice to be added to the list of those who have received this prestigious honor,” said Dale Allen, Partner, Adams and Reese LLP.  “Throughout his business and political careers, Pat has made countless contributions that have benefited Tennessee’s trucking industry and thus all Tennesseans.”    

 

Marsh joins an elite group of previous TTA Pinnacle Award winners, including Governor Ned McWherter (1994), Phillip B. George (1995), Forrest M. Durrett (1996), Tommy L. Wilson (1997), Kelly Wagner (1998), G. Tommy Hodges (2005), Gary Sasser (2006), Tommy Ross (2008), J.B. Baker (2009), David Dortch (2010), Bill Reed, Jr. (2011), Dale Allen (2012), and Dave Huneryager (2014).

 

“To be mentioned among these trailblazers who’ve made such an incredible impact on the industry is truly an honor,” said Marsh.  “I’ve been very fortunate to work with individuals who have a passion for the industry and are dedicated to doing things the right way. I think that experience as a businessperson has greatly impacted my work in state government. It has been a privilege to serve Tennessee’s trucking industry, a vital part of keeping our state’s economy moving forward.”

 

The Pinnacle Award was presented to Marsh at TTA’s 92nd Annual Convention September 18-20 at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa.  For those who would like to make a donation in Rep. Marsh’s name to the Tennessee Trucking Foundation, which is dedicated to highway safety, education and other charitable causes throughout the state, more information can be found here: Give Online (icheckgateway.com)

 

About Tennessee Trucking Association (TTA)

Founded in 1930, TTA was forged out of the belief that a strong, unified industry would be essential in remaining effective and profitable in the future. Today, TTA is the driving force and the voice of the trucking industry in Tennessee.  As an independent, non-profit trade association representing trucking companies and industry vendors, TTA exists to encourage the healthy growth and betterment of its more than 400 members statewide.  TTA represents an important engine of Tennessee’s economy, supporting over 200,000 jobs and the safe transport of goods across the state.

The Tennessee Trucking Association is an affiliate of the American Trucking Associations.

 

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Federal Motor Carrier
Safety Administration

May 11, 2021

AMENDED REGIONAL EMERGENCY DECLARATION
UNDER 49 CFR § 390.23
No. 2021-002

ALABAMA, ARKANSAS, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, DELAWARE, FLORIDA, GEORGIA, KENTUCKY, LOUISIANA, MARYLAND, MISSISSIPPI, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, NORTH CAROLINA, PENNSYLVANIA, SOUTH CAROLINA, TENNESSEE, TEXAS, VIRGINIA, AND WEST VIRGINIA

In accordance with the provisions of 49 CFR § 390.23, the Regional Field Administrators for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Eastern, Southern, and Western Service Centers hereby declares that an emergency exists that warrants issuance of a Regional Emergency Declaration and an exemption from Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety (FMCSRs), except as otherwise restricted in this Emergency Declaration. Such emergency is in response to the unanticipated shutdown of the Colonial pipeline system due to network issues that affect the supply of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and other refined petroleum products throughout the Affected States. This Declaration addresses the emergency conditions creating a need for immediate transportation of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and other refined petroleum products and provides necessary relief. Affected States and jurisdictions included in this Amended Emergency Declaration (“Affected States”) are: Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.

By execution of this Amended Emergency Declaration, motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance to the emergency in the Affected States in direct support of relief efforts related to the shortages of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and other refined petroleum products due to the shutdown, partial shutdown, and/or manual operation of the Colonial pipeline system are granted relief from Parts 390 through 399 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations except as restricted herein.

This Amended Emergency Declaration provides for regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicle operations while providing direct assistance supporting emergency relief efforts transporting gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and other refined petroleum products into the Affected States during the emergency from shortages due to the shutdown, partial shutdown, and/or manual operation of the Colonial pipeline system. Direct assistance terminates when a driver or commercial motor vehicle is used in interstate commerce to transport cargo or provide services not in support of emergency relief efforts related to the shortages of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and other refined petroleum products due to the shutdown, partial shutdown, and/or manual operation of the Colonial pipeline system in the Affected States, or when the motor carrier dispatches a driver or commercial motor vehicle to another location to begin operations in commerce. (49 CFR § 390.23(b)). Upon termination of direct assistance to emergency relief efforts related to the shortages of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and other refined petroleum products due to the shutdown, partial shutdown and/or manual operation of the Colonial pipeline system in the Affected States, the motor carrier and driver are subject to the requirements of 49 CFR Parts 390 through 399, except that a driver may return empty to the motor carrier’s terminal or the driver’s normal work reporting location without complying with Parts 390 through 399. When a driver is moving from emergency relief efforts to normal operations a 10-hour break is required when the total time a driver operates conducting emergency relief efforts, or a combination of emergency relief and normal operation, equals 14 hours.

All other applicable safety requirements remain in place and will be enforced by the FMCSA. Specifically, nothing contained in this Amended Emergency Declaration shall be construed as an exemption from the controlled substances and alcohol use and testing requirements (49 CFR Part 382), the commercial driver’s license requirements (49 CFR Part 383), the financial responsibility (insurance) requirements (49 CFR Part 387), the hazardous material regulations (49 CFR Parts 100-180), applicable size and weight requirements, or any other portion of the regulations not specifically authorized pursuant to 49 CFR § 390.23.

Motor carriers or drivers currently subject to an out-of-service order are not eligible for the relief granted by this declaration until they have met the applicable conditions for its rescission and the order has been rescinded by FMCSA.
In accordance with 49 CFR § 390.23, this amended declaration is effective immediately and shall remain in effect until the end of the emergency (as defined in 49 CFR § 390.5) or until 11:59 P.M. (ET), June 8, 2021, whichever is earlier. FMCSA intends to continually review the status of this Emergency Declaration and may take action to modify or terminate the Emergency Declaration sooner if conditions warrant.

Taft Kelly, Regional Field Administrator
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Eastern Service Center

Darrell L. Ruban, Regional Field Administrator
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Southern Service Center

Scott G. Hernandez, Regional Field Administrator
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Western Service Center

Federal Motor Carrier
Safety Administration
May 9, 2021

REGIONAL EMERGENCY DECLARATION
UNDER 49 CFR § 390.23
No. 2021-002

ALABAMA, ARKANSAS, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, DELAWARE, FLORIDA, GEORGIA, KENTUCKY, LOUISIANA, MARYLAND, MISSISSIPPI, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, NORTH CAROLINA, PENNSYLVANIA, SOUTH CAROLINA, TENNESSEE, TEXAS, AND VIRGINIA
In accordance with the provisions of 49 CFR § 390.23, the Regional Field Administrators for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Eastern, Southern, and Western Service Centers hereby declares that an emergency exists that warrants issuance of a Regional Emergency Declaration and an exemption from Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety (FMCSRs), except as otherwise restricted in this Emergency Declaration. Such emergency is in response to the unanticipated shutdown of the Colonial pipeline system due to network issues that affect the supply of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and other refined petroleum products throughout the Affected States. This Declaration addresses the emergency conditions creating a need for immediate transportation of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and other refined petroleum products and provides necessary relief. Affected States and jurisdictions included in this Emergency Declaration (“Affected States”) are: Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

By execution of this Emergency Declaration, motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance to the emergency in the Affected States in direct support of relief efforts related to the shortages of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and other refined petroleum products due to the shutdown, partial shutdown, and/or manual operation of the Colonial pipeline system are granted relief from Parts 390 through 399 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations except as restricted herein.

This Emergency Declaration provides for regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicle operations while providing direct assistance supporting emergency relief efforts transporting gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and other refined petroleum products into the Affected States during the emergency from shortages due to the shutdown, partial shutdown, and/or manual operation of the Colonial pipeline system. Direct assistance terminates when a driver or commercial motor vehicle is used in interstate commerce to transport cargo or provide services not in support of emergency relief efforts related to the shortages of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and other refined petroleum products due to the shutdown, partial shutdown, and/or manual operation of the Colonial pipeline system in the Affected States, or when the motor carrier dispatches a driver or commercial motor vehicle to another location to begin operations in commerce. (49 CFR § 390.23(b)). Upon termination of direct assistance to emergency relief efforts related to the shortages of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and other refined petroleum products due to the shutdown,
partial shutdown and/or manual operation of the Colonial pipeline system in the Affected States,
the motor carrier and driver are subject to the requirements of 49 CFR Parts 390 through 399,
except that a driver may return empty to the motor carrier’s terminal or the driver’s normal work
reporting location without complying with Parts 390 through 399. When a driver is moving from
emergency relief efforts to normal operations a 10-hour break is required when the total time a
driver operates conducting emergency relief efforts, or a combination of emergency relief and
normal operation, equals 14 hours.

All other applicable safety requirements remain in place and will be enforced by the
FMCSA. Specifically, nothing contained in this Emergency Declaration shall be construed as
an exemption from the controlled substances and alcohol use and testing requirements (49
CFR Part 382), the commercial driver’s license requirements (49 CFR Part 383), the financial
responsibility (insurance) requirements (49 CFR Part 387), the hazardous material regulations
(49 CFR Parts 100-180), applicable size and weight requirements, or any other portion of the
regulations not specifically authorized pursuant to 49 CFR § 390.23.

Motor carriers or drivers currently subject to an out-of-service order are not eligible for the relief
granted by this declaration until they have met the applicable conditions for its rescission and the
order has been rescinded by FMCSA.

In accordance with 49 CFR § 390.23, this declaration is effective immediately and shall remain in
effect until the end of the emergency (as defined in 49 CFR § 390.5) or until 11:59 P.M. (ET), June
8, 2021, whichever is earlier. FMCSA intends to continually review the status of this Emergency
Declaration and may take action to modify or terminate the Emergency Declaration sooner if
conditions warrant.

Taft Kelly, Regional Field Administrator
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Eastern Service Center
Darrell L. Ruban, Regional Field Administrator
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Southern Service Center
Scott G. Hernandez, Regional Field Administrator
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Western Service Center

Gov. Lee Pushes Reopening, Focus on Economic Recovery

Ends Public Health Orders and Local Mask Authority

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 | 09:25am

NASHVILLETenn. – Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced the end of statewide public health orders and signed Executive Order 80 to address economic and regulatory functions. EO 80 also ends the local authority to issue mask requirements in the 89 counties directed by the state health department.

“COVID-19 is now a managed public health issue in Tennessee and no longer a statewide public health emergency,” said Gov. Lee. “As Tennesseans continue to get vaccinated, it’s time to lift remaining local restrictions, focus on economic recovery and get back to business in Tennessee.”

EO 80 contains the following provisions and is effective through May 31, 2021:

Removing Local Mask Authority

While Tennessee has never had a statewide mask mandate, EO 80 removes the local authority for county mayors in 89 of the state’s 95 counties to require face coverings throughout their jurisdictions.

Gov. Lee has requested counties with independent health departments – Shelby, Madison, Davidson, Hamilton, Knox and Sullivan – that have remaining business restrictions or mask requirements to lift all measures no later than May 30.

Extending Deregulatory Provisions

EO 80 extends helpful deregulatory provisions to enable individuals, businesses and other organizations time to adapt their operations in anticipation of ending said provisions.

Maintaining Federal Funding

EO 80 maintains Tennessee’s access to federal funding, including SNAP benefits and cost reimbursements for the Tennessee National Guard’s testing and vaccination efforts.

In addition to EO 80, the following provisions are effective immediately:

Offering Walk-Up Vaccine Option

While the COVID-19 vaccine continues to be available to Tennesseans aged 16 and older by appointment, local health departments will now offer a walk-up option.

Retiring Optional Business Guidance

The Tennessee Pledge business guidelines issued at the start of COVID-19 have been officially retired.

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