Since reaching the middle of May, without surprise the past two months have been extremely challenging during the 2020 pandemic. With multiple industries across the board being affected, businesses everywhere are seeking relief. The trucking industry has been no stranger to hard times, and the past two months have just added to the struggle. However, there may be some light at the end of the tunnel. As the country prepares to reopen, congress has a bipartisan opportunity through an infrastructure bill.This bill will rebuild our nation’s roads, bridges, and other infrastructure while enhancing the economy. The trucking industry would not just see the positive economic effect from the bill but would also aid America’s truck drivers responsible for transporting 71% of goods. Don Lefeve, the president of the Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA) stated, “congress has the ability to enhance our infrastructure, which is sorely needed, but it also has the added benefit of boosting employment which helps our economy at a time when its desperately needed.” This bill was proposed in late March with approval from President Trump.
Per every one billion dollar spent on road construction, there are an estimated 13,000 jobs that come with it. This could help the U.S. tremendously as there are 30 million Americans who have filed for unemployment as of mid – March. The one major problem with this are the 17 states who have kept their DMV’s closed only producing limited drivers with commercial certifications. It is required by law that a driver must have a CDL before they even begin training. The CVTA as well as other organizations have drafted a federal legislation that will give temporary authority to the Secretary of Transportation to issue temporary CDL’s through third party entities.