The trade groups are urging the president to amend the previously issued guidance and asking that any future executive order include the sale of light-, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles by dealers as an essential service.
“A significant number of dealership sales transactions occur because a consumer or business is in immediate need of a replacement vehicle for basic transportation,” the groups argued in the letter.
The groups said various transit services, specifically, have been reduced or eliminated due to the public health recommendations for social distancing.
Messages seeking comment were left with the White House and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which issued the March 19 guidance with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.
Several states in the last few days have issued various stay-at-home or closures of nonessential business orders, with more expected to be announced. This has led to uncertainty as dealerships across states and…