NATSO, the professional trade association representing America’s travel plaza and truckstop industry, said the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard will hurt the supply chain, professional drivers and the nation’s fuel supply.
“The travel plaza and truckstop industry supports efforts to increase vaccinations in the U.S., but a federal vaccine mandate will have a significant negative impact on our industry and its ability to keep truck drivers on the road,” said NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings. “NATSO members are a critical part of the supply chain and serve the nation’s truck drivers, who deliver life-saving vaccines. Losing additional employees on top of the current labor challenges could force some retailers to close their doors and lead to limited fuel supplies.”
NATSO members and Mullings have been supporters of the vaccine and have initiated programs encouraging members to get vaccinated. Punitive measures will only serve to hurt an already struggling supply chain.
“Since the pandemic began, NATSO members recognized how important it was to keep their doors open to keep professional drivers on the road, delivering food and medical supplies,” Mullings said. “When the vaccine became available, truckstops and travel centers provided bonuses and paid time off for employees to get vaccinated. We will continue to work with OSHA as it further reviews its rule to ensure that the vaccine and testing mandate does not further challenge those businesses that are struggling to remain open.”
Founded in 1960, NATSO represents the industry on legislative and regulatory matters; serves as the official source of information on the diverse travel plaza and truckstop industry; provides education to its members; conducts an annual convention and trade show; and supports efforts to generally improve the business climate in which its members operate.