President Trump has suspended a 1938 Road Law which governs the number of hours that truck drivers can be on the road.
“I will never hesitate to take any necessary steps to protect the lives, health, and safety of the American people. I will always put the well-being of America first,” Trump said.
As a result, groceries began reappearing on American store shelves this week, thanks to the strength of a supply chain that includes farmers, distributors, wholesalers, and retailers — all of whom are literally risking their lives to stay on duty, Breitbart reports.
A crucial part of that supply chain is the American trucker, who makes sure that goods are delivered in a timely fashion. That is always the case, but it is especially true in the sudden global emergency we face today.
The U.S. Census Bureau reported last year that 3.5 million Americans are employed as truck drivers. Many work long hours, and a disproportionate number of them are military veterans.
I fully understand the mindset that people are in that are worried about food flying off the shelves but let me address that with, food will be available just not the foods you are accustomed too at all times. It really is just about supply and demand and nothing has changed numbers wise, its the panic demand that has changed.
These trucks are lined up outside the Proctor & Gamble plant near Tunkhannock, PA. The line stretches for as far as you can see and then some. What do they make at this plant? Toilet paper.
Let that sink in. 😛 pic.twitter.com/wIHjazfvRw
— John Johnson (@papajohn1974) March 13, 2020
According to the American Trucking Association:
Following the guidance of government and health officials, many working Americans will be staying home in the coming weeks. But truckers are not afforded that same luxury or comfort. In order to keep store shelves stocked, hospitals supplied, first responders equipped and government agencies running, duty calls the American trucker to the road.
And as our nation bands together to tackle this challenging road ahead, we must recognize the vital role of truckers in maintaining society’s most essential functions. We urge shippers and receivers to treat them with the courtesy, dignity and respect they deserve. We call on government officials to provide them with the flexibility and resources they need to get the job done.
But there’s one thing all Americans can do right now: Thank a trucker. Especially during trying times like these. Because without them, the disruptions we’re experiencing would be something much, much worse.
Illicit Info reports that the FMCSA claims that this was the first time in the 92 years since the law’s inception that the guideline has been rescinded nation wide.
“Because of the decisive leadership of President Trump and Secretary Chao, this declaration will help America’s commercial drivers get these critical goods to impacted areas faster and more efficiently. FMCSA is continuing to closely monitor the coronavirus outbreak and stands ready to use its authority to protect the health and safety of the American people,” an official said.
So much is going on behind the scenes to get supplies across our nation, people need to take a step back and put together a need list vs a want list, have what you need and what you should need if you get sick.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.
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