If it wasn’t clear before, this national emergency has demonstrated that the men and women who help provide heat and hot water are essential to our way of life. While most of us are at home, fuel truck drivers and heating technicians are hard at work making sure everyone is safe and warm. All of us at VFDA are proud to work for all of you.
Starting today, Friday April 3, you can apply for the Small Business Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) though your local bank. The PPP provides loans to eligible businesses to cover payroll and other expenses. Payments are deferred by at least six months. Collateral and personal guarantees are not required. Loans under the program are eligible for forgiveness. While Congress has set aside $349 billion for this program,there are millions of companies that could qualify for these funds. The money will go fast. Loans may be granted the same day that they are applied for in order to put people back to work. After you finish reading this, download the application at vermontfuel.com/ppp and contact your bank.
Over the past two weeks the Vermont Department of labor has received between 40,000 to 50,000 unemployment claims. That’s the same number of claims Vermont typically receives in a year. Go to labor.vermont.gov for more information on unemployment insurance. Workers who leave their jobs are eligible for more than $1,100 a week in state unemployment insurance and a federal supplement.
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), went into effect on April 1. The FFCRA requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. Go to vermontfuel.com/ffcra for information on how to comply with the federal law and to download the paid leave poster that is required to be displayed.
Governor Phil Scott is calling all Vermonters into service with the launch of a new website allowing people to sign up for volunteer assistance to support the state’s response to COVID-19: vermont.gov/volunteer. The website directs those with medical and healthcare skills to the Medical Reserve Corp (MRC), and those with other needed skills to a quick registration process to sign up to help.
If you or one of your employees is in need of child care, click here to fill out an online form or call 1-877-705-9008 to speak to a childcare referral specialist with the Vermont Department of Children and Families.
All Vermont DMV in-person transactions have been suspended until further notice. No enforcement action will taken against vehicles with expired IRP or IFTA credentials for 90 days from the date of the Emergency Declaration. Any Vermont vehicle registration or drivers license expiring before March 31, 2020 will be valid for an additional 90 days. This includes CDL’s with hazmat endorsements.
Go to vermontfuel.com/crashto read the latest incident report from the Vermont Commerical Vehicle Enforcement Unit. This week’s report was pretty sparse as the state highways were mostly empty. Routine traffic enforcement has ceased and most personnel have been reassigned to duties for COVID-19 response. However, there is an interesting report of how the K9 unit with the DOT tracked down someone who stole a can of “Four Loco” malt liquor from the Circle K in Barton. Click here to read more.
The Department of Motor Vehicles has determined the Motor Fuel Transportation Infrastructure Assessment Fee (MFTIAF) for gasoline sold in Vermont for the next three months. The MFTIAF in Q2 of 2020 is down slightly. Go to vermontfuel.com/motorfueltax for details.
Vermont towns require an overweight permit for any truck in excess of
24,000 pounds. Fuel trucks can get an exemption for $5 (or $10 for an
entire fleet) through an annual permit. While due on March 31 of every
year, VFDA and others in the trucking industry have asked for a 90 day
grace period, due to the closure of many town offices because of
COVID-19. We have not been granted a reprieve….yet. Go to vermontfuel.com/weight for a list of towns that require permitting, where to apply, and to download a permit form.
News of Note
Convenience stores focus on safe store transactions. Sneeze shields, delivery apps and takeout are in.
Governor Scott orders 14-day quarantine for out-of-state travelers.
Vermont National Guard preps ‘surge’ facilities for COVID-19 patients.
U.S. jobless claims hit 3.3 million in the last report. This week’s will probably be worse.
Detroit’s near future based on SUVs, not EVs, production plans show.
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