By now, you’ve probably stumbled upon the #Thankatrucker hashtag across social media, or read an article on how communities are going above and beyond to thank truck drivers during COVID-19. The display of appreciation is in response to truckers putting themselves at risk in order to continue doing their jobs during the pandemic.
There are lots of hero’s displaying their true colors during this virus. From healthcare workers on the frontlines of the battle, to grocery store employees working harder than ever to ensure people get the supplies they need, America has come together to support each other. CMV drivers are no exception. Here’s how CMV drivers are helping to keep the economy afloat during COVID-19.
While so many of us are home social distancing, CMV professionals in the United States are ensuring items, products, and deliveries show up on time at the location they’re intended for. If it weren’t for these trucker drivers, businesses would come to a halt, and people wouldn’t have access to products they sometimes desperately need.
Continuing to drive is not without its risks for these individuals. As Coronavirus infections reached their peak throughout April and May, truckers were exposing themselves to the airborne illness. But without CMV operators, society would have, quite literally, come to a screeching halt.
Not only have truckers continued to do their jobs, they’ve actually been working overtime. In response to growing concerns in America regarding a shortage of necessary supplies, the FMCSA issued a national emergency declaration on March 18th, and announced steps intended to provide emergency relief to communities across the country.
As a result of the declaration, the rule that usually limits daily driving hours for truck drivers has been suspended for those who are transporting emergency supplies such as medical equipment, hand sanitizer, and other supplies that the FMCSA and health officials have deemed necessary to help combat the spread of COVID-19.
Due to the necessary travel of CMV drivers, spreading the virus was (and is) a legitimate concern. But since the delivery of certain products is absolutely essential, truckers have continued to cross state lines to accomplish their tasks and make their deliveries. While this without a doubt involves risk, CMV professionals are doing all they can to limit this risk.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has posted guidance for CMV operators to limit the risk of both contracting and spreading the virus. The guidelines included tips such as limiting the frequency of face-to-face contacts during pickups and deliveries, using text messaging and mobile phones to communicate instead of face-to-face contact, and a significant increase in disinfecting surfaces both in trucks and in workplaces. These are steps that may complicate day to day life for truckers, but they willingly accepted the extra work in order to keep people safe.
The sacrifices being made by people across the country for the greater good of mankind have been nothing short of remarkable. To all healthcare workers, grocery store employees, CMV professionals, and everyone else putting their own health at risk to keep communities functioning, we at Clearinghouse Navigator have one simple message. Thank you!