The past months have been a trying time for everyone not only in our country but across the world. With various industries being affected greatly by the pandemic, the world has been in a scramble for answers. One of the most impacted industries was of course trucking, the lifeblood of transporting good across states. Unaware of how long the restrictions will be in place has left many people in trucking asking what is next.
Importance of Trucking
Keeping the transportation of goods flowing for an entire country has never been an easy task to accomplish. The trucking industry has always had a shortage of drivers and COVID has amplified that with the various levels of restrictions put in place. Putting a huge level of responsibility to CDL training schools, like NTTS, to produce quality drivers quickly. A huge burden had been placed on America’s drivers, with most citizens just beginning to realize how important the trucking industry is for a normal quality of life.
While many Americans have been given the luxury to work from home during the pandemic to avoid exposure, truckers took those challenges head-on. Putting themselves directly in the line of fire to keep our country up and running. It is a crucial part of people’s way of life and something that should not be overlooked
How America is Responding
As public health continues to be at risk, the lack of licensed and ready to work drivers increases as many state DMV and BMV facilities are on limited hours. Since it is impossible to operate a truck without the proper credentials (Class A CDL) this has posed a large problem.
The travel limitations have also impacted the way transportation companies are operating. As of July 14th, the FMSCA has extended the duration of the COVID-19 Emergency Declaration until August 14, 2020. The extended emergency continues to provide assistance only to drivers carrying goods related to COVID-19. and is limited to these items:
1. Livestock and livestock feed;
2. Medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis, and treatment of COVID-19; and
3. Supplies and equipment necessary for community safety, sanitation, and prevention of community transmission of COVID-19 such as masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap, and disinfectants.
Trucking Industry Needs YOU
The trucking industry is in dire need of new drivers, now. It has never been a better time than to start a new career within trucking. If you are ready to begin your new chapter in trucking there is no better place to start than at National Tractor Trailer School. We offer high-quality training, industry-leading job placement services, and will have you ready for a new career in weeks.