COVID-19 and Trucking

COVID-19 and Trucking: Industry News for June 10

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

As of June 10, 2020:

FMCSA extends emergency hours-of-service waiver until July 14

Land Line

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has extended its emergency declaration yet again. The declaration, which provides relief from hours-of-service regulations for commercial motor vehicle drivers responding to the COVID-19 outbreak, has been extended until July 14. It had been set to expire June 14. Read More

FMCSA to allow some truck drivers to skip drug testing as they return from layoffs

CDL Life

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued a waiver that will relax drug testing requirements for some truck drivers for the next few months. On June 5, the FMCSA issued a three month waiver to ease drug testing requirements for some drivers in order to help with the transition back to work for drivers who were laid off or furloughed during the COVID-19 crisis. The FMCSA says that this will cut down on administrative burdens and costs for trucking companies. Read More

FMCSA Narrows Definition of COVID-19 Relief Loads

HCT Truckinginfo

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has extended its COVID-19 emergency declaration allowing for the exemption of truck drivers and motor carriers from hours-of-service rules and certain other regulations if delivering relief loads – but it has narrowed the definition of relief loads. Read More

Truckload freight recovery picks up speed

American Trucker

Spot truckload freight markets continued to gather momentum last week as load-to-truck ratios increased for dry van, refrigerated, and flatbed freight, said DAT Solutions, which operates the industry’s largest load board network. Truckload rates followed suit, rising on most lanes just in time for June, typically a peak month for the spot market. Read More

Watch: Analyst forecasts strong rebound after coronavirus


In his keynote presentation to attendees at the CCJ Virtual Symposium late last month, Donald Broughton, managing director and principal of Broughton Capital, shared his firm’s outlook for the trucking industry as the nation’s economy begins its post-COVID recovery. Read More

TMC Survey Shows COVID-19 Impacts on Maintenance Operations

Transport Topics

A survey conducted by American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council in March and April found that the COVID-19 pandemic had little impact on the readiness of the technician labor force for fleets and service providers. Read More

Driver turnover spiked in Q1 before COVID-19, then hit all-time lows

Driver turnover before, after COVID-19


Driver turnover rates spiked early in the first quarter of 2020 before they trended down in March to all-time lows, according to new research by Stay Metrics, which provides driver retention tools for motor carriers. Read More

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