Trucks traveling from Eastern Pennsylvania may be required to have a permit if they have been in one of the quarantined zones due to the spread of the Spotted Lanternfly. The Spotted Lanternfly is an infectious insect that can destroy trees and agriculture. This insect has the potential to greatly impact the grape, hops and logging industries and can easily spread to other areas. This impact is not just to carriers based in the quarantine zone, but also carriers who deliver or pickup freight in the quarantine zone. Additionally, carriers traveling through Eastern Pennsylvania who stop in the quarantine zone, such as for a rest-period, are required to obtain training and a permit.
Carriers who fail to obtain a permit can be turned away by other states. Effective May 1, the Pennsylvania State Police and Department of Agriculture will begin hard enforcement with roadside stops and penalties issued for non-compliance. Information regarding this quarantine, including where to obtain a free permit and training, can be found at the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s website. https://www.agriculture.pa.gov/Plants_Land_Water/PlantIndustry/Entomology/spotted_lanternfly/quarantine/Pages/default.aspx