COVID-19 and Trucking

COVID-19 and Trucking: Industry News for April 14

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

As of April 14, 2020:

FMCSA allowing cameras to replace people for CDL road tests


Skills-test examiners will not be required to be physically present in a truck cab to conduct commercial driver’s license (CDL) skills tests during the COVID-19 emergency if states can show they can safely replace them with technology such as in-cab cameras and cell phones. Read More

Face coverings required if you want to enter a New Jersey truck stop, grocery store, or warehouse facility

CD Life

Authorities in New Jersey are permitting businesses like truck stops to refuse service to customers who are not wearing some form of face covering in an attempt to slow the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More

CDC Issues Guidance for Essential Workers Possibly Exposed to COVID-19

HDT Trucking Info

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released guidance for essential workers, including those in trucking, to allow them to continue work following potential exposure to the COVID-19 coronavirus – provided they remain asymptomatic and take additional precautions to protect themselves and the community. Read More

Driver layoffs, on-road quarantines, missing PODs and fading freight reflect fleets’ new normal under coronavirus


A month into the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. and its upending of society and the global economy, fleets are still adjusting to the shockwaves — and the new normal — of a sudden freight slowdown combined with new ubiquitous social distancing practices. Read More

Weekly load volumes decline in four cities hit hardest by COVID-19

DC Velocity

Analysis of Covid-19-related shipping patterns is showing a return to more historic levels across the supply chain, especially in the four hardest-hit U.S. cities, according to data released Friday by supply chain technology company FourKites. Read More

Truckload linehaul rates see biggest decline since financial crisis


Year-over-year declines in the Cass Freight Index accelerated in March, with the shipments index declining 9.2% and the expenditures index dropping 8.2% for the month. Read More

‘People are desperate’: Fraudsters target vulnerable truckers with COVID scams


Since the COVID-19 coronavirus aid package the CARES Act was finalized by Congress late last month, small-fleet owner Carole Salyer says her phone has been ringing off the hook with offers for loans and cash. Read More

‘The more essential I’m gettin’, the stinkier I get’ — another week gone by …


Nowheres to Shower, nowheres to set.
The more essential I’m gettin’
The stinkier I get. –LHP

Thoughts on showering on the road during the pandemic from Long Haul Paul. Read More

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