Right now, the U.S., and the rest of the world, is taking on one of the biggest crises it’s had to deal with in recent history. Over one-third of the world’s population is under lockdown, U.S. Congress approved a $2 trillion emergency bill, most businesses are closed or have modified hours, and medical professionals and other citizens alike are scrambling to get the supplies they need to get through this crisis.
It seems that the only way to contain the virus is through the vast majority of the population staying inside and only going out for essential activities. However, Americans still need their supplies to get through this crazy time, and so truck drivers, who are officially “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers,” must keep on rolling.
How is DriveELD focused on making sure our customers can keep running smoothly?
Our team is working tirelessly to make sure that drivers and managers have all the resources they need to keep running. Below is a list of all the trucking-related news we could find to the date of writing:
- Pandemic Unemployment Assistance is now being offered in almost every state for workers who are self-employed/own their own business. Because most self-employed people didn’t originally qualify for unemployment checks, this relief is now being extended to business-owners and the self-employed throughout the pandemic. Just search Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and your state for more information.
- The federal tax-filing deadline has been moved from April 15th until July 15th. It’s still recommended that you verify that the same is true with your local taxes.
- Small Business Loans of up to $2 million are now being offered at low interest rates, some of which are entirely forgivable. You can find more info and apply for these loans here.
- Emergency HOS Exemptions are now being issued to drivers that are delivering essential goods for the pandemic. We recommend speaking to your local DOT to see if you’re temporarily exempt.
- Truck stops, for the most part, are still running 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. However, many gas stations and convenience store have stopped selling buffet and roller-grill food until further notice.
- Most non-essential businesses have been forced to close or work remotely if it’s possible. In the month of March, a record-setting 10 million people filed for unemployment. Many of these people worked in service or retail-related industries. Restaurants have either been forced to close or move to a takeout-only model.
- Fast Food Restaurants have moved to drive-through-only models. Many are also restricting business hours.
- Most 24-hour operation stores have temporarily ceased their round the clock hours. Places like Walmart and Kroger have moved to limiting how many people can enter their store at any given time and are counting how many people enter and leave the premises.
- Less than ten states are still not under full “lockdown.” The majority of states have moved citizens to shelter-in-place rules until at least the end of April. However, some of these states remain lenient on where citizens can go and how often.
Don’t worry, we’re here for you at DriveELD.
As long as drivers keep driving, we’ll keep working to make sure you have the best service possible. Our team is keeping up-to-date as much as we can and staying on the lines 24/7 to make sure that you have the help you need. Feel free to give us a call at 866-623-7483 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.