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15 US governors create ‘Operation Open Road’ to deal with supply chain issues

Published: Nov. 23, 2021 at 8:32 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 23, 2021 at 8:35 AM CST
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed a letter that pledges to deal with crippling supply chain issues. He worked with 14 other governors to create “Operation Open Road.”

They say their goal is to provide a pathway to decrease supply chain challenges in the U.S.

In a tweet sent out Monday, Lee announced he and the other governors are calling on President Biden to join them by, “Suspending burdensome regulations on the trucking industry.”

In the letter detailing Operation Open Roads, the group of governors say they plan to use their authority to:

  • modify weight, size and load restrictions so cargo can move more efficiently
  • adjust hours of service constraints for more flexibility for truck drivers
  • deregulate education and occupational license barriers to get more truck drivers on the roads
  • bring together state transportation, commerce, workforce and other agencies to coordinate more shipping

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