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HD INDUSTRY NEWS RELATED TO THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK

INDUSTRY NEWS / Post date:
1 April 2020
HD INDUSTRY NEWS RELATED TO THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK
The Commercial Carrier Journal ran a poll recently related to the COVID-19 outbreak that included feedback from 300 respondents. The outcome was that 13% of carriers have seen an increase in business, 33% of carriers have seen no change in the number of loads they are running, and 47% of carriers have seen either a slight slowdown or a sharp decrease in demand.
Heavy Duty Trucking (Truckinginfo website) has put together a COVID-19 resource page for the trucking community. The page includes links to recent updates in the industry, as well as emergency declarations, maps showing virus spread, and additional resources to assist the industry during the pandemic.
Equipment World has released an article covering what is and isn’t covered in construction contracts that can assist companies during government-mandated shutdowns of construction sites. The article goes over force majeure, suspension of contracts, insurance, and loan documents.
The Department of Homeland Security recognized waste collection as “Essential Critical Infrastructure.” While waste collection is still operating during the pandemic, Waste360 released an article explaining the risks that the refuse industry still faces as studies show that the virus can remain on surfaces from a few hours up to a few days according to the World Health Organization.
In addition, Waste360 has posted an article that lists a few companies that are currently hiring employees due to increased demand in the industrial and municipal sectors.
Transport Topics elaborated on a guidance memo from the director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency that deemed truck drivers and related logistic personnel as “essential employees.” Because of this, many truck stops and travel centers have remained open, but will continue to operate with restrictions due to government regulations regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.
According to Freight Transportation Research (ftrintel.com), Class-8 truck orders in February 2020 dropped by 20% from January 2020 to just 14,100 units. This significant decrease resulted in the lowest unit orders for the month of February in 10 years (since 2010).