COVID-19’s Impact on the Heavy Trucking Industry
- Keeping Canadians Fed Throughout a Pandemic
One thing that is evident is how commercial transportation has been vital to keeping Canadians fed throughout these unprecedented times.
As the Canadian Chamber of Commerce points out, truckers have provided invaluable service as the “unsung heroes” of the pandemic.
Truckers are responsible for the delivery of 70% of all food in Canada, a figure that has likely grown as global air supply chains are disrupted.
Communities across the country have expressed their thanks for Canadian truckers, and it’s certainly well-deserved.
One business in Quebec is offering free hotel stays to tired truckers. A company in Nova Scotia gives out free meals to truckers as a thank you for their service. The list goes on.
- Technology-Driven Solutions
As a result of COVID-19, transportation in Canada is currently undergoing rapid technological change. A full 76% of logistics professionals have said they are increasing investment in technological solutions as a result of the pandemic.
In the Canadian trucking industry, this is already taking many forms. The documentation process has moved towards a fully-digital environment, to avoid forcing drivers to physically pick up forms from others. Technology for tracking truckers and monitoring their health and wellbeing has proliferated, with improved tracing systems put in place.
Many of the changes are transport industry trends that were taking place anyways but have now been accelerated.
- New Rules for Heavy Trucking Industry Best Practice
Finally, the effect of COVID-19 on how truck drivers in Canada actually perform their day-to-day jobs has also been pronounced.
The Canadian government and the Canadian Truck Driving Alliance have released strict and detailed guidelines for how truck drivers and third parties can stay safe during the pandemic.
Truck drivers are now obliged to take extra steps to reduce the spread of the virus. Personal protective equipment is now required. Meanwhile, drivers showing symptoms of the virus are being told not to go to work.
In addition, all drivers of all types of trucks are being asked to take rigorous steps to disinfect their cabins and use hand sanitizer as often as possible.
Be Prepared Throughout the Pandemic
The heavy trucking industry is going through unprecedented changes. That’s why it’s more important than ever to be prepared and stay on top of your game.
You can still get all of your parts and service needs met by our qualified, professional team of experts, whenever you need it. Don’t hesitate to get in touch today.