Trump is continuing to cut red tape and unnecessary regulations.
In an unprecedented move, President Trump temporarily suspended the 1938 Road Law, which now gives truckers the green light to continue delivering supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thanks to Trump's leadership and bold move, truckers are able to move emergency supplies such as medical and cleaning equipment to hospitals.
The 1938 Road Law limits how many hours a day a truck driver can work.
With supplies running short across the nation, Trump suspended the law and is allowing truckers to move equipment to the places that need them.
More on this unprecendented move below:
Medical manufacturers as well as food companies assure us that there is no issue in terms of their ability to produce enough supplies.
They have claimed that the main reasons for shortages are the unprecented demand mostly caused by panic buying as well as delays in getting deliveries where they need to go.
Thanks to President Trump, truckers will be able to deliver these emergency supplies much faster than anyone thought possible.
The Western Journal has more on Trump's move and its implications for the fight against COVID-19:
All along America’s highways, trucks hauling vital relief supplies are cutting through red tape, thanks to President Donald Trump.
On March 13, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that a 1938 law regulating the hours of service for truck drivers was being waived on a national basis to battle the coronavirus. The agency said this was first time the rule had ever been waived throughout the country.
“I will never hesitate to take any necessary steps to protect the lives, health, and safety of the American people. I will always put the well-being of America first,” Trump said, according to a White House media pool report.
The rule currently forbids truck drivers from driving more than 11 hours during a 14-hour work period. After that, drivers are required by law to have 10 hours of downtime.
The waiver, issued by Trump and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, exempts truckers hauling medicine and other supplies necessary to battle the outbreak of the virus, FMCSA Acting Administrator Jim Mullen said.
“Because of the decisive leadership of President Trump and Secretary Chao, this declaration will help America’s commercial drivers get these critical goods to impacted areas faster and more efficiently. FMCSA is continuing to closely monitor the coronavirus outbreak and stands ready to use its authority to protect the health and safety of the American people,” Mullen said in a statement.
In addition to medicine, the waiver covers haulers carrying food to restock depleted store shelves, sanitation and cleaning supplies, equipment needed to construct temporary housing, or those who are being moved to either provide emergency services or to be removed to quarantine.
Despite the temporary suspension of the rule, President Trump's policy will require truckers to have a minimum of 10 hours of down time after reaching their destination.
This will ensure that truckers get the rest that they need and deserve. Safety is still important, and the president understands that rest is required for safety on the road.
According to Business Insider, approximately 70 percent of the nation's goods are moved to their destination by truckers.
While there are many modes of transportation including airplanes, trains, and ships, truckers are a key part of the supply chain.
President Trump understands this and has moved to make sure that states, hospitals, and laboraties get the equipment they need.
This will also ensure that Americans are able to get the groceries, cleaning supplies, and over the counter medication that they need.
Business Insider has more on how this move will benefit the nation:
In its current edition, HOS requires truck drivers to drive only 11 hours within a 14-hour work period. They must then log 10 hours of "off-duty" time. The safety law, which is aimed at eliminating exhausted truck drivers from the nation's highways so they do not endanger others, is disliked by many drivers. Some say the strict regulations actually disrupts their sleep schedule and makes them more likely to drive tired.
According to the FMCSA's Friday evening emergency declaration, here are the types of loads that are exempt from HOS laws:
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.
6. Persons necessary to provide other medical or emergency services, the supply of which may be affected by the COVID-19 response.
Demand is up across the country. The sales of hand sanitizer, for example, has risen over 228 percent since the beginning of March.
The demand for toilet paper increased 186 percent.
This doesn't even include the demand for medical supplies and equipment.
Now, thanks to President Trump, supplies will be able to get to their destinations faster than ever before during this time of crisis.