NATSO Comments on DOT Request for Information to Strengthen Supply Chains
Added on: October 20, 2021
NATSO on Oct. 18, 2021, submitted comments to the Department of Transportation (DOT) outlining key policies that could strengthen the nation’s supply chain. In a letter to Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, NATSO underscored the need to address the current labor shortage (including a shortage of professional truck drivers) that businesses across the economic spectrum are experiencing. NATSO urged the Administration to ensure a flexible vaccine and COVID testing mandate that would not further exacerbate employee retention. NATSO further asked DOT to waive certain trucking restrictions until the supply chain rebounds and urged flexibility for Right-to-Repair rules. The U.S. Department of Transportation in September requested public comments to help the agency secure and strengthen America’s supply chains. The requests relate to President Biden’s Executive Order on America’s Supply Chains issued on February 24, 2021, which directs federal agency action to secure and strengthen America’s supply chains.