Real-Time Updates: Coronavirus in the Trucking Industry

RTS is summarizing industry news articles from a variety of sources to help you stay informed about the direct impact coronavirus has on the transportation industry and its drivers. Check back regularly for additional stories and updates.

Focus on Driver Health Renewed Amid Outbreak

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 4:30pm

UrgentCareTravel, which operates walk-in clinics at 13 Pilot Flying J truck stops, has launched the Driver Coronavirus Evaluation Service, which gives drivers the opportunity to connect with medical professionals from the road. The company is securing test kits and personal protective equipment, such as masks, gloves, eye protection and gowns, for its facilities, and the service will be available to anyone, including truck drivers and clinical workers.


The Coronavirus Trial Awaiting Fleets: Managing Instances of Drivers Reporting Symptoms on the Road

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 1:15pm

In the coming days and weeks, fleets likely could be faced with an unsettling and mostly unprecedented task: Navigating the humanitarian and logistical questions surrounding drivers reporting symptoms of, or testing positive for, coronavirus while they’re on the job.


With Rush Hour Traffic Gone, Truck Drivers Speed Deliveries

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 12:00pm

Truck drivers have faced a number of hurdles in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. But lately, traffic hasn’t been one of them. A study by the American Transportation Research Institute found that trucks not only have been delivering critical groceries, medical equipment and other supplies, they’ve managed to do it faster.


McDonald’s Rolls Out New Ordering System Just For Truckers

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 11:55am

In an effort to try to keep America’s truckers fed, fast food giant McDonald’s has created a new coronavirus-friendly ordering system. McDonald’s Senior Vice President of Operations has pledged to support U.S. truckers as they deliver needed goods during the coronavirus crisis.


Hotels are Offering Truckers Deep Discounts Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 11:50am

After restaurants across the country stepped up to help truckers get access to food during the coronavirus pandemic, some hotels have started to follow suit, offering special discounts for truckers.


Motor Carriers in Italy Share Lessons Learned from COVID-19 Outbreak

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 11:25am

Transportation companies in Italy are moving freight in the epicenter of the world’s COVID-19 pandemic, but that center could soon shift to the United States.


Temporary Operating Authority Gives Private Fleets Chance to Get Moving Again

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 8:00pm

Companies operating private fleets sidelined by the coronavirus epidemic have an opportunity to put those assets on the road by applying for temporary operating authority from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).


COVID-19 Triggers Economic Storm for Trucking

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 8:00pm

The looming business and economic impact on the trucking industry from COVID-19 pandemic is “kind of like there’s a big hurricane coming in, and it’s one of the nastier storms in history. But so far you’re just seeing some waves on the shore.”


FMCSA Grants Limited Exemptions for Expired CDLs, Medical Cards

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 4:25pm

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on March 24 issued a formal notice that it will not take enforcement action for certain expired commercial driver licenses, learner permits and medical certifications through June 30.


Democrats Highlight Transportation Priorities in Coronavirus Emergency Aid Package

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 4:20pm

Transportation networks and operations affected by the coronavirus pandemic are targeted in an economic stimulus package Democrats seek to advance to President Donald Trump’s desk this week.


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