IATR Full Webinar - What Are Transportation Regulators Doing to Respond to COVID-19? (April 30, 2020)

On April 30, 2020, hundreds of regulators and industry members from around the world attended the IATR's COVID-19 webinar, including most every trade group, other government membership groups, and universities. Speakers included leading international regulators from jurisdictions that are COVID-19 hotspots who are responsible for overseeing taxicabs, limousines, buses, motorcoaches, transportation network companies, paratransit (NEMT), food and package delivery and other forms of ground transportation, shared/micro-mobility, and public transit.

 

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The CDC has Published Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Facilities for Reopening America 

 

 This plan is part of the larger, federal government plan and focuses on cleaning and disinfecting public spaces and workplaces. For transportation regulators, you should advise your licensees that the CDC addresses how to disinfect soft and porous material like seating, and the CDC also provides a link to the Environmental Protection Agency's list of products approved for disinfection for use on such materials. The CDC also includes materials for bus, taxi, for-hire, and EMS transport operators detailing how those industries may limit the spread of COVID-19. 

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EEOC Pandemic Guidance 

As many states move to open businesses, regulators should familiarize themselves with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's ("EEOC"), "Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Guide" for their own offices, and for the operations of their licensees.  In an earlier news alert, the EEOC reminded employers of its 2009 guidance that has been updated, and that the prohibitions set forth in the ADA do not interfere with or prevent employers from following the CDC's, "Interim Guidance for a Businesses and Employers."  Regulators are advised that the ADA places general restrictions on the kinds of inquiries that can be made into an employee's medical status. 

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IATR COVID-19 Resources Guide for Licensees

The IATR has collaborated with transportation regulators and licensees across the world to develop a resource guide for companies operating during the pandemic. The guide contains guidelines for businesses, business preparedness resources, environmental cleaning and disinfection recommendations, basic infection prevention measures, relief measures for businesses, and information sharing practices with industry members. 

Click HERE to access the guide.

 

 

 

COVID-19 Government Resources & Emergency Procurements for Licensees

Regulators should continue to monitor the World Health Organization (WHO), U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), state and city health agencies and government websites for local information on the Coronavirus.  Additionally, licensees may also seek guidance from regulators as jurisdictions may consider emergency procurements from transportation providers, or if those licensees seek additional guidance as states and localities contemplate reducing restrictions for travel and consider relaxed guidelines for working remotely.

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New CDC Guidelines:  “What Rideshare, Taxi, Limo, and other Passenger Drivers-for-Hire Need to Know about COVID-19”

The CDC posted a comprehensive set of guidelines to address the COVID-19 pandemic that all for-hire industry members should abide by. The guidelines include general information about the virus, preventative measures that can be taken by drivers and companies, and additional resources regarding COVID-19. The guidelines for drivers include: staying at home if sick; wearing cloth face coverings; limiting contact with passengers and other drivers; cleaning and disinfecting procedures; everyday preventive actions; passenger guidelines. The IATR provided comments to the National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) - a subdivision of the CDC - on preliminary drafts of these guidelines.  Many thanks go to the efforts of Dr. Cammie Menendez, Chair of the IATR’s Safety & Health Committee, and her NIOSH colleagues who worked on these guidelines. Regulators around the world may wish to share this information with licensees and industry stakeholders as soon as possible.

 

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