COVID-19 and Trucking

COVID-19 and Trucking: Industry News for April 17

Selected COVID-19 and trucking industry news that may impact your business.

As of April 17, 2020:

Truck stop giant to lay off thousands amid COVID-19 crisis

CDL Life

On Friday, one of the largest truck stop chains in the U.S. announced a massive layoff caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. TravelCenters of America Inc. said that they would be laying off 2,900 field employees as well as 122 corporate employees, “primarily as a result of its full-service restaurant closures.” Read More

Freight executives give feedback to White House on economic restart

American Shipper

Several titans of freight transportation are part of the White House’s council of business leaders asked to provide advice on how to reopen parts of the economy after lockdowns aimed at stopping the spread of the coronavirus were put into place. Read More

Specialized carriers turn to SBA loans to help weather coronavirus storm


They’ve come wearing masks and gloves. Some have brought their kids to teach them a homeschool lesson on the road. Read More

Driver concerns over sanitary practices, pay rose sharply amid pandemic


As the number of coronavirus patients continued to skyrocket throughout March, so did drivers’ concerns over their motor carriers’ sanitary practices and drivers’ need for more personal protective equipment, planning and hazard pay as they risked exposure to the virus while delivering essential medical and food supplies across the country. Read More

Partnership Formed to Get Masks, Hand Sanitizer to Drivers

Transport Topics

A coalition of trucking industry groups recently distributed 4,000 free face masks to small trucking firms whose drivers are delivering goods amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More

Coronavirus outbreak tied to US-owned factory in Mexico


Officials have confirmed that a rising number of coronavirus cases are tied to maquiladoras, foreign-owned factories in Mexico that build products made strictly for export. Eleven workers who have died from the coronavirus have been linked to the Lear Corporation automotive factory in Juarez, Mexico. Juarez is located directly across the U.S.-Mexico border from El Paso, Texas. Read More

Why America’s $800 billion trucking industry was left out of the $2 trillion stimulus bill

Business Insider

America’s largest trucking companies were not included in the $2 trillion stimulus bill signed into law by President Donald Trump last month. There’s a simple explanation: The biggest players didn’t want one, and the smaller players aren’t organized enough to ask. Read More

Convoy Underwrites Cost to Ship to Local Food Banks

Transport Topics

Digital freight broker Convoy announced it will pay the trucking costs for any food-producing business in the U.S. wanting to donate a truckload of product to a local food bank. Read More

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