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Arizona effort provides relief for truck drivers during COVID-19 shutdown

Todd Fitchette, Associate Editor

April 15, 2020

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Commercial truck drivers can get fresh, hot food at several Arizona Department of Transportation rest areas as part of a COVID-19 relief effort by Gov. Douglas Doucey. An executive order allows licensed food vendors to serve food and non-alcoholic beverages at the rest stops under a no-cost permit. Vendors must still apply for the permit to operate at rest stops.Todd Fitchette

Arizona Gov. Douglas Ducey is helping commercial, over-the-road truck drivers by allowing licensed food vendors to sell food products at eight of the state's highway rest areas. The move is said to aid truck drivers who are otherwise unable to get fresh food from restaurants, which remain closed during the national COVID-19 emergency.

The executive order allows food vendors who are already operating under state licenses to apply for no-fee permits to sell food and non-alcoholic beverages at the Department of Transportation rest areas.

"We want to ensure we're doing everything we can to support the truck drivers who are working long hours to keep our grocery stores stocked and our medical professionals equipped," Ducey said in a prepared statement.

Arizona food truck owners can visit azdot.gov/permits and click on the "encroachment permits tab" to get more information and apply for the no-fee permit. These permits are valid for 30 days.

Rest stops on I-17, I-40, and I-10 are included in the governor's order.

In a recent action, the governor ordered two rest areas in northern Arizona to be reopened for commercial truck use. Furthermore, the governor raised weight limits for commercial trucks hauling supplies for the coronavirus relief effort to 90,000 pounds. The standard federal weight limit for commercial vehicles is 80,000 pounds.

About the Author(s)

Todd Fitchette

Associate Editor, Western Farm Press

Todd Fitchette, associate editor with Western Farm Press, spent much of his journalism career covering agriculture in California and the western United States. Aside from reporting about issues related to farm production, environmental regulations and legislative matters, he has extensive experience covering the dairy industry, western water issues and politics. His journalistic experience includes local daily and weekly newspapers, where he was recognized early in his career as an award-winning news photographer.

Fitchette is US Army veteran and a graduate of California State University, Chico. 

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