The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has extended until May 31 a waiver of truck size and weight restrictions for agricultural commodities in the face of COVID-19. Citrus is among the commodities for which the restrictions have been lifted. FDOT on May 8 issued a letter announcing the waiver extensions to law enforcement personnel.
Other commodities for which size and weight restrictions were lifted are forestry and forestry products, livestock, milk and milk products, poultry and poultry products, vegetables, rice and sugar. Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried recommended the agricultural products for which the restrictions should be waived.
In addition to agricultural commodities, the size and weight restrictions were lifted for any vehicles transporting emergency equipment, services and supplies. Normal size restrictions apply to a load’s height, length and width.
Learn more about the original waiver of restrictions here.
The citrus industry depends on trucks to haul many thousands of loads of oranges, grapefruit and specialty varieties to Florida packinghouses and processing plants each year.
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