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COVID-19 Regular Updates and Resources

This page will be updated regularly with information and guidance provided by the state and federal goverment as they become available.

We also want to hear from the trucking industry.  Please tell us what issues you are facing and how NCTA can help.  Reach out to Crystal Collins, NCTA President, (919)561-4679 or info@nctrucking.com.

 

North Carolina

NCDMV Driver License Offices Closed

Some offices remain open by appointment only. Before visiting an office, please check to see if it is open and what its operating hours are.

3/20/20 - Some Driver License Offices Canceling Saturday Hours

The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles has canceled Saturday hours at the 13 Driver License offices across the state that are normally open that day. People who had appointments at those offices are being contacted and offered appointments for another date.

• Asheville
• Charlotte North (University City)
• Charlotte South (Arrowood Rd.)
• Durham South (Hope Valley Commons SC)
• Fayetteville West (Eutaw Village SC)
• Greensboro West (Coliseum Blvd.)
• Greenville
• Huntersville
• Jacksonville
• Monroe
• Raleigh North (Spring Forest Pavilion)
• Wilmington South (South Square Plaza SC)
• Winston-Salem South (Silas Creek Parkway)

3-21-20 International Registration Plan, Inc.

COVID-19 Emergency Waivers - The Charlotte and Raleigh IRP offices are open Monday through Friday from 8:00am - to 5:00pm.  Accepting walk-ins observing social distancing.

North Carolina is waiving the enforcement of IRP registration requirements. Additionally, North Carolina is waiving the maximum hours of service and certain size and weight restrictions. These waivers will be in effect for 30 days, or until rescinded or superseded by another Executive Order.

This reflects the notifications IRP has sent out to date, and will continue to be updated. See the jurisdiction notices below for the complete information. 

3-23-20 North Carolina Department of Revenue
NCDOR Service Centers remain closed to the public and phone assistance may be limited. Taxpayers are encouraged to utilize online services to the greatest extent possible. 
North Carolina Welcome Centers
The North Carolina welcome centers are closed however the rest area facilities, including restrooms and vending, remain open.
3-24-20 North Carolina Ports

All North Carolina Ports terminals – the ports of Wilmington and Morehead City and Charlotte Inland Port – continue to operate on a normal schedule and we do not anticipate any changes to operations at this time. We continue to work closely with local, state and federal agencies to ensure the safety and security of all employees and operations. We are strictly following all guidelines set by the United States Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection.

The objective of NC Ports’ Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) is to ensure the safety and well-being of personnel, contractors and visitors while maintaining continued operations during any crisis or event. Our plan covers all facilities, systems, vehicles and buildings operated or maintained by the North Carolina State Ports Authority.

Emergency Management Re-Entry Certificate

NCTA has a seat at the table in the Governor’s Operations Center and continues to work with the state’s Emergency Management Office to collaborate with private sector business, state, and local government during disasters. This partnership enhances communications and coordinate movements to ensure the industry has all information to respond.

A disaster re-entry certificate is required to enter restricted areas during an emergency event. The statewide Re-Entry Certification Program is administered and managed by the NC Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Management (NCEM), Private Sector Office (NC EM).

There is no fee to register for the certificate, MOA required. To check your company's certificate status, contact Crystal at (919) 561-4679.

To register for re-entry certificate, provide the following information:

Company Name:

Company Address:

Contact Name, telephone, Email

Email this information to beoc@ncem.org

Dare County Access Restrictions 
  • Checkpoints will be established at entry points to Dare County beginning at 2 p.m. 3/17/2020.
  • In an effort to expedite traffic at the checkpoints, the Dare County Sheriff’s Office requests that all commercial traffic entering the county use the right lane and all regular traffic use the left lane.
  • To avoid contact at checkpoints, if possible, please display your entry permit on your dashboard so it is clearly visible.

Access to Currituck, Hyde, Tyrrell through Dare County: Visitors will not be allowed to travel through Dare County to access Currituck County (Corolla), Hyde County (Ocracoke Island), or Tyrrell County.  People who reside, own property or work in Corolla or Ocracoke, will be allowed entry.

National

3-20-20 Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is the Nation's risk advisor, working with partners to defend against today's threats and collaborating to build more secure and resilient infrastructure for the future.

The documents identifies workers who conduct a range of operations and services that are essential to continued critical infrastructure viability, including staffing operations centers, maintaining and repairing critical infrastructure, operating call centers, working construction, and performing management functions, among others. 

This list is advisory in nature. It is not, nor should it be considered to be, a federal directive or standard in and of itself.

3-23-20 DOT Guidance on Compliance with DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulations

This 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).  We, as a Nation, are facing an unprecedented public health emergency that is straining medical resources and altering aspects of American life, including the workplace. The Nation’s transportation industries, which are not immune to the impacts and disruptions resulting from the spread of COVID-19 in the United States, are playing a vital role in mitigating the effects of COVID-19.

Guidance on Compliance With DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulations

This guidance document does not have the force and effect of law and is not meant to bind the public in anyway.  This guidance is intended only to provide clarity regarding existing requirements under the law. 

3-23-20 PHMSA Issues Notice Regarding Hazardous Materials Training

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has decided to temporarily halt enforcement actions against shippers and carriers that are unable to comply with training requirements included in the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR). The Notice is limited to recurrent training requirements and does not apply to all other HMR obligations or applicable laws for hazardous materials offers and carriers.

Frequently Asked Questions Related to the FMCSA Emergency Declaration 03/19/2020

3-20-20 - FMCSA is continuing to work on additional guidance on both the declaration and continuing operations during this time of National Emergency.

US Department of Transportation Expands National Emergency Declaration for Commercial Vehicles Delivering Relief in Response to the Coronavirus
March 18, 2020
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. READ MORE

FMCSA Exexpanded Declaration

US Department of Transportation Issues National Emergency Declaration for Commercial Vehicles Delivering Relief in Response to the Conronavirus Outbreak
March 13, 2020
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a 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.  READ MORE

Resources

White House and CDC

15 Day Plan to Mitigate the Spread of COVID-19
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
March 18 - Expanded FMCSA Emergency Declaration
March 13 - FMCSA Emergency Declaration
North Carolina Department of Human and Health Services
General Information
North Carolina Industrial Commission
General Information
North Carolina Department of Revenue

Service Centers Closed to the Public
Penalty Waivers to Taxpayers Related to State of Emergency

North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles

General Information

Centers for Disease Control
General Information
Resources for Business
ATA State by State Official Announcements - COVID-19
ATA is tracking the following issues across the 50 states:
  • Closures of state driver license agencies
  • CDL expiration date extensions
  • New CLP and CDL issuance / testing restrictions
  • Increased size and weight limits
  • Parking and rest stop availability