Truckers have warned that the nation’s supply chain is in jeopardy. Truckers argue they are hauling goods into COVID-19 hot spots sans protective equipment, testing capabilities or ways to self-quarantine or seek treatment if they become sick.
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association wrote a letter Friday to President Donald Trump on Friday saying: “HELP — MAYDAY — 9-1-1.”
“Right now professional drivers are busting their butts to care for the nation,” said the letter, signed by Todd Spencer, president and CEO of the Grain Valley-based organization. “Their hard work and personal sacrifice should not include their health or even their lives if at all possible or preventable.”
Drivers might be less willing to continue driving if their colleagues start testing positive. But, coronavirus itself is not the only obstacle drivers are facing.
“They are now shutting down rest areas, they are shutting down service plazas on the toll roads,” said Cassandra Fowler, Owner of Sassy Transportation. “People need to remember truck drivers only have public restrooms.” Fowler has been to many hotspot states.
Truck driver Gandy, who plans on working throughout the pandemic so as to not expose his family, worries about break-ins. “I’ve heard a lot of my friends talking about going into the bathroom and coming out and finding their window broken,” he said. “You get a little uncomfortable thinking about it.”