Trucking news and briefs for Monday, April 13, 2020:
Virginia using weigh stations for truck parking
The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles announced Thursday it is temporarily closing all weigh stations to normal traffic so they can be used for truck parking. The closings are until at least April 23 for the 10 weigh stations, which will create 246 truck parking spaces.
Weigh stations that are currently open as rest areas for commercial drivers include:
- Alberta (I-81, mile marker 22)
- Bland (I-77, mile marker 52)
- Carson (I-95, mile marker 39)
- Dumfries (I-95, mile marker 154)
- Middletown (Rt. 11, across from the I-81 weigh station)
- New Church (Rt. 13, 2 miles south of the Maryland state line)
- Sandston (I-64, mile marker 203)
- Stephen City (I-81, mile marker 304)
- Suffolk (Rt. 58, 1 mile west of the Chesapeake city line)
- Troutville (I-81, mile marker 149)
The spaces are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, until at least April 23, according to the DMV.
Utah exempts truckers from health survey
After an order issued April 9 from Utah Gov. Gary Herbert requiring all travelers into the state to complete a travel declaration form, the state has amended the order exempting truck drivers.
Herbert issued a revised executive order April 10 that lists truck drivers among several occupations that are exempt from the rule.
The form, which would have been delivered electronically to a driver’s smartphone, asks if the driver has been tested for coronavirus, the results of the test and if they are currently experiencing symptoms.
Goodyear offering discounts to Convoy members
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is extending its Commercial Tire Solution to carriers of all sizes in the freight-matching service Convoy’s Digital Freight Network. Goodyear says this is the first discount program it has offered through its commercial e-commerce platform.
Carriers who use Convoy will now have access to Goodyear’s full commercial tire portfolio, including online discounts, a service line through FleetHQ to request 24/7 emergency roadside assistance, and access to Goodyear’s service location network.