Face coverings are required for passengers and operators while on properties, buses, trains or paratransit vehicles operated by Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Denton County Transportation Authority and Trinity Metro. (Erick Pirayesh/Community Impact Newspaper)
The federal Transportation Security Administration announced Aug. 20 that it will continue its face mask requirement
for travelers using all transportation networks through Jan. 18.
Face coverings are required for passengers and operators while on properties, buses, trains or paratransit vehicles operated by Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Denton County Transportation Authority and Trinity Metro.
Passengers who refuse to wear a mask, unless exempted or excluded under Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, will be in violation of federal law, and failure to comply will result in denial of boarding or removal, according to a DART news release. Those passengers may also be subject to federal penalties.
DART offers hand sanitizer on all its buses, light-rail vehicles and Dallas streetcars, while DCTA and Trinity Metro have installed dispensers in all vehicles and agency facilities.
This marks the second time TSA’s mask requirement has been extended since it was issued Jan. 31.
More information about DART’s safety precautions is available here. Additional information about DCTA’s response to COVID-19 is available here. Information about Trinity Metro’s response to the pandemic is available here.
A federal judge on Friday extended by two weeks a temporary restraining order blocking an executive order by Gov. Greg Abbott that barred the ground transportation of migrants — and ordered state troopers to pull over any vehicle suspected of doing so.
U.S. District Judge Kathleen Cardone granted a request by the Justice Department for a temporary restraining order earlier this month. On Friday, she extended the order until Aug. 27.
TEXAS GOV. ABBOTT FIRES BACK AFTER FEDERAL JUDGE BLOCKS EXECUTIVE ORDER ON MIGRANT VEHICLES
Abbott had issued the order amid an increase in migrant apprehensions at the border and concerns that the transportation of migrants through Texas could lead to further spread of COVID-19 in the Lone Star state.
“The dramatic rise in unlawful border crossings has also led to a dramatic rise in COVID-19 cases among unlawful migrants who have made their way into our state, and we must do more to protect Texans from this virus and reduce the burden on our communities,” Abbott said in a statement.
The Justice Department sued Abbott over the order, arguing that it interferes with the federal government’s ability to handle immigration. Attorney General Merrick Garland had urged Abbott to “immediately rescind” the executive order, which he deemed “both dangerous and unlawful.”
“The Order violates federal law in numerous respects, and Texas cannot lawfully enforce the Executive Order against any federal official or private parties working with the United States,” Garland wrote in a letter to Abbott.
TEXAS ORDER ON COVID-CARRYING MIGRANTS WILL BE MET BY LEGAL ACTION, AG GARLAND SAYS
The judge agreed with the DOJ’s arguments when she made her initial ruling at the beginning of the month.
“The Executive Order causes irreparable injury to the United States and to individuals the United States is charged with protecting, jeopardizing the health and safety of non-citizens in federal custody, risking the safety of federal law enforcement personnel and their families, and exacerbating the spread of COVID-19,” the judge stated.
Fox News’ David Aaro and Bradford Betz contributed to this report.
ALBANY – New York has again extended the expiration date of annual vehicle inspections, registrations and driver’s licenses that otherwise would have lapsed during the coronavirus pandemic, validating them for at least another month.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order early Monday making the change, allowing the documents to remain valid until Nov. 3. The order, which had been set to expire Monday, applies only to those that lapsed since March.
But the order made clear expired registrations and non-driver identification cards — which can be renewed entirely online — will not be extended again beyond Nov. 3.
It made no such declaration about vehicle inspections and driver’s licenses, allowing the possibility that portion of the order could be extended again.
Cuomo first paused the expiration dates in March at a time when the state was hit harder by COVID-19 than any other state in the nation. He has extended his order several times since.
Workers at Valvoline Instant Oil Change on Ridge Road in Irondequoit talk over the hood of a vehicle on Tuesday, April 14, 2020. (Photo: Tina MacIntyre-Yee/ Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
New York inspection shops had performed 739,000 fewer inspections from March through August 2020 than they had the same period the prior year, according to the state DMV.
Inspection stations have been asking the state for clarity regarding the inspection order, noting they will need advance notice when it expires to ensure a flood of drivers needing their cars inspected don’t overwhelm the shops.
The DMV, meanwhile, has been urging drivers to get their vehicles inspected even while Cuomo’s order remains in place.
In recent weeks, the DMV’s expiration notices have stopped notifying drivers of Cuomo’s extension, instead simply notifying drivers of their pending expiration date.
“The required annual New York State inspection is due by 10/31/2020 for the registration listed below,” a recent notice reads.
The state allows drivers to renew their license online without having to visit a DMV office, though a driver has to go to a certified eye doctor to receive an eye exam.
Vehicle registrations can be renewed entirely online. Inspections must happen at a certified inspection shop.
More: New York eased auto inspections during COVID-19. What happens when they come back?
Jon Campbell is a New York state government reporter for the USA TODAY Network. He can be reached at JCAMPBELL1@Gannett.com or on Twitter at @JonCampbellGAN.
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