Michigan governor issues order aimed at helping flow of supplies, key medical workers into state

Governor’s office says state can’t credential motor carriers fast enough during COVID-19 pandemic

A new executive order from Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is aimed at making it easier for emergency medical supplies, sanitary supplies and key personnel to flow into the state during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Whitmer has signed Executive Order 2020-40, which waives International Fuel Tax Association (IFTA) credentialing requirements. Whitmer’s office said the pandemic created a steep and immediate demand for certain essential supplies, equipment and personnel, and has made it harder for state agencies and departments to conduct business as usual — including credentialing motor carriers.

“Right now, it’s more important than ever to ensure there are no disruptions in the flow of critical equipment and health care personnel coming into our state to help treat patients and reduce the spread of COVID-19,” reads a statement from Whitmer. “This Executive Order will help ensure urgently needed resources are delivered as efficiently as possible during this crisis.”

Motor carriers delivering the following products will not face fines or penalties if their license or decals lapse:

  • Medical supplies or equipment related to the testing, diagnosis or treatment of COVID-19
  • Sanitary supplies including masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap and disinfectants
  • Food
  • Equipment, supplies or people needed to establish or manage temporary housing, quarantine or isolation facilities
  • People designated by federal, state or local authorities for medical, isolation or quarantine purposes.
  • People necessary to provide other medical or emergency services

This executive order is effective immediately and continues through May 5, 2020.

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Dave Bartkowiak Jr. is the digital managing editor for ClickOnDetroit.