Important resources for trucks operating in NYC during COVID-19.
Truck Size and Weight Permits:
The Truck Permit Unit continues to process daily truck permit applications.
- General over-dimensional and annual crane permit questions: (929) 466-1428
- General over-dimensional and film permit questions: (929) 466-1155
- Annual overweight load permit questions: (929) 466-2176
COVID-19 Relief & NYC Overweight Permits:
- The NYS Department of Transportation Emergency Waiver on Motor Carrier Compliance with Divisible and Non-Divisible Loads is only valid on interstate highways in New York City with the exception of the BQE. Trucks along the BQE are limited to a maximum of 80,000 pounds — or 40 tons.
- Over-dimensional vehicles carrying essential deliveries as part of the COVID-19 relief efforts can get route-specific waivers. These emergency moves are being expedited to allow the vehicle to move on any day of the week (including Saturday and Sunday) for a period of 23:59 hrs. Typical review and approval process and partner agencies conditions remain.
Commercial Transportation and Truck Driver Resources:
- The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has deemed all transportation and logistics companies as deemed essential workers. A list of all businesses deemed essential by the Empire State Development Corporation (ESD) is included in Executive Order 202.6.
- Read FMCSA Emergency Declaration for Commercial Vehicles delivering relief in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
- Access NYSDMV COVID-19 response guidance for customers and businesses.
- NYC Small Business Services: COVID-19 Assistance & Guidance for Businesses Impacted Due to Novel Coronavirus.
Truck Driver Guidance & Tips:
Some helpful tips for truck drivers and commercial vehicle operators are provided below:
- Truck drivers and commercial vehicle operators who are in direct contact with customers or members of the public (i.e. delivering packages) must follow the New York State Face Covering Requirement (effective, April 15, 2020).
- Practice social distancing by staying in your vehicles as much as possible as supplies are loaded or unloaded.
- Avoid being within 6 feet of others as much as possible when they exit their vehicles, and move to electronic receipts if possible.
Temporary Truck Rest Areas:
- Effective, April 15, 2020, the City established two temporary truck rest stops for long-haul truckers to serve their mandated federal breaks in two strategic freight hubs in the City at the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center in the Bronx and the Global Container Terminal NY on Staten Island. Contact NYC Temporary Truck Rest for more information on these temporary rest areas.
- New York State rest areas on interstate highways remain open. Hours may be reduced or services limited. Seating areas have been removed in favor of social distancing. More information about New York State rest areas via 511NY.