The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is beginning a new initiative to stop the spread of the Spotted Lanternfly (SLF). The spotted lanternfly is an invasive species that has spread through 13 counties in eastern Pennsylvania, which are all to be quarantined. The quarantined counties will include; Philadelphia, Delaware, Chester, Montgomery, Berks, Lancaster, Lebanon, Bucks, Schuylkill, Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon, and Monroe. New Jersey and Virginia have several areas already subject to this, and Delaware is developing a program as well.
As of May 1, 2019, there will be a hard enforcement of a required permit for any of the following:
- Trucks based in the quarantine zone
- Trucks that load in the quarantine zone
- Trucks that stop for a period of time in the quarantine zone (even if it is just a short rest break)
- Shippers based in the quarantine zone
The quarantined counties and surrounding areas will be conducting stops, checking logs and bills of lading. Drivers in permitted trucks may even be asked questions about the spotted lanternfly to verify their training. Any offenders will be documented, fined and may face civil or criminal charges.
With this new upcoming policy, we all need to do our due diligence. In order to obtain permits for your company, a company representative (we recommend you choose an owner, manager, or supervisor) must complete the free online training. Click here to be taken directly to the training site.
Once you have completed the training, the representative must train each driver, or employee for shippers. Once you are permitted, truckers can obtain mirror hangers and cab stickers as evidence, and shippers can obtain stickers to attach to their documents. For further information, please contact our office at (610) 522-9300.