The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every industry in 2020, in one way or another. The trucking industry is bracing itself for the aftereffects of COVID-19 and the so called, ‘COVID hangover’ as it is being labeled by major industry websites. We saw a lot of extensions being put into place in 2020 due to the driver shortage and the pandemic. These extensions will most likely play out into 2021 as COVID-19 trudges forward.
A new rule created by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, (FMCSA) will make it easier for truck drivers to receive their commercial driver’s license (CDL). What was once prohibited, third-party CDL instructors are now permitted to administer driving tests to students. The new rule, which goes into effect in February, will permit states to allow the instructor to do both the teaching and the testing.
Thanksgiving is the start of one of the busiest holiday seasons for travelers. Even though traveling will most likely be down from prior years due to COVID-19, some people are still planning to be away from home for the holiday. The National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA), offers a list of reminders to help keep everyone safe while on the road this holiday season.
Covid-19 has done a lot of damage to many businesses around the world. The opposite holds true in the world of scamming. Scammers thrive during times when the economy is suffering. In fact, reports of scamming are up globally. According to Bloomberg, in Hong Kong they rose by 111% in the first half of the year. In Singapore, one of the safest cities in the world, the police say there has been a 140% jump in scams which has caused an increase in the overall crime rate.