The Effects Of Pandemic In The Trucking Industry
Due to the threat of COVID-19, people across the globe in the past weeks have been to stores getting their stocks of toilet paper, alcohol, hand sanitizers, and other cleaning supplies in hopes that they will be protected from the virus. Because of the high demand at an unexpected time, store shelves have either been emptied or limited with supplies.
According to Mickey Blashfield, CEO and President of the Michigan Trucking Association, the amount of goods to be provided in stores is actually not a problem. He said that there is no shortage situation since manufacturers can create goods and double their production for the consumers. Reliable trucking companies such as Titan Transline still want to make sure that people can get their needed supplies at home in times of threats. The challenge, however, is the distribution of goods due to the restrictions brought by the pandemic.
In order for the supply of relief goods to be continuous, the federal government has made an extension on the hours of service regulations. This gives limitations on the amount of time that a driver can work. However, the restrictions brought by the pandemic have resulted in new challenges among truckers. They cannot find any available rest stops, food stores, or even parking spaces. Welcome centers have closed and even when some have tried to open the restrooms, it is unfortunate that people have resorted to stealing the provided soap and toilet paper.
In addition, restaurants that are closed are also a problem for truck drivers who have their dinner on the road. Although there are some truck stops that offer curbside service to truckers, it is still not a guarantee that truckers will not go hungry while working. Renewing licenses and hiring new drivers has also become difficult due to the restrictions.
Indeed, the pandemic has brought a negative effect on drivers just like everyone else. The difference is that Titan Transline and other truckers are still out on the road, working day and night and ensuring that goods are being distributed to the shelves of stores for the consumption of everyone.