Six trade association representing the transportation industry, including the Auto Care Association, called on state and local governments recently to consider the importance of motor vehicle supply and repair facilities in implementing orders to close nonessential businesses as a result of the coronavirus.
According to the March 17 letter sent to the National Governors
Association, National Association of Counties, U.S. Conference of Mayors and
the National League of Cities:
“Essential tasks rely on safe and efficient transportation.
Government vehicle fleets (local, state and federal) and other essential
personnel (doctors, nurses, healthcare provider, grocers, etc.) depend on
businesses that support the safe operation of the transportation sector. Public
and private transportation services are necessary to ensure the public may
complete essential trips, including purchasing food and medicine or caring for
loved ones. Businesses that provide the support or supplies necessary to
operate must therefore also be deemed essential.”
The letter continues to urge, “the careful implementation of
policies that restrict movement and business operations to ensure that
businesses that provide critical support for public care and well-being are
excluded from such restrictions.”
In addition to the Auto Care Association, the letter was signed by the U.S. Tire Manufacturers, American Trucking Association, Motor Equipment Manufacturers Association, Tire Industry Association and Automotive Oil Change Association. A copy of the letter can be found here.