AKRON, Ohio — In response to the economic impact from COVID-19 and to help keep fleets on the road to deliver essential products, Goodyear Commercial Tire & Service Centers are offering free Department of Transportation (DOT) inspections, a value up to $120. These government-mandated inspections include a full review of the tractor and trailer, including brake systems, tires and wheels, exhaust systems, lighting and more.
The Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) has both challenged and changed the world’s perception of individualism, materialism, greed, organization, and the many uses of technology. This pandemic has driven people to avariciously hoard items that are needed by EVERYONE in the world, and to vainly attempt to make money from others dire privations.
I am, however beginning to see a dim pulsating light at the end of the tunnel. People are beginning to realize that there is a “Smarter” way of living and that humanity is at a point where it desperately needs a course modification geared toward togetherness and teamwork. We are at a place on our road of existence where we should seriously consider which direction we plan to take.
Do we continue straight on, driving our planet into oblivion, or do we take the road less traveled, and save our world and society from recklessness?
“The world has enough for everyone’s need, but not enough for everyone’s greed,” Gandhi.
The last few years have demonstrated how anger, hostility, greed, and prejudice can drive a wedge between friends, families, communities, and even countries! The last few weeks have shown us that these “wedges” and “differences” are useless when fighting this new invisible enemy (COVID-19).
Materialism and greed have created a society driven by a need for the latest and greatest with the insatiable urge to have everything and anything. Materialism, desire, and hoarding are now a big part of our society. Human beings are social beasts, and this need to “socialize” and possess more has driven us to engage with our peers via new and exciting communication channels based on the developing technology available. Businesses and educational institutions now utilize on-line options for courses in-lieu of in-house meetings and classroom activities.
Ironically, there are always several silver linings to every cloud. This cloud is a giant, evil black monstrosity called COVID-19, an invisible enemy, that not even a murderer or criminal can evade. In many ways, we’ve already adopted the concept of “social distancing” during the era of social media and technology. Yet this ability to distance ourselves socially may be our saving grace. With no vaccines available, you are safest at home in front of your computer or smartphone in your hand.
Unification of families is now a reality brought on by COVID-19! Crime is down because of the mass hysteria that the streets are not safe. Restaurants and grocery outlets have more efficient delivery and pick up services, which minimizes travel, and therefore accidents. Doctors are once again making house calls to elderly patients who are too frail to take on this new invisible enemy. Society is on a path to healing from an enemy that we cannot yet embrace.
Yes, we can survive as individuals, even in quarantine, and still, be part of a caring community. In this globalized world, our lives are so intertwined that we need to view ourselves, as individuals, as communities, as nations, and as a uniquely privileged species. It has taken a virus to show us that only through togetherness we at our most reliable, most alive, most human and that we understand what is most important. We are all bound together as part of a miraculous web of life on planet Earth!
A final thought though…Will society remember this most-important-lesson learnt after the virus is no longer the enemy, or will people, communities, and countries go back to business as usual?
By Marold Studesville & Alyson Stasek
FMCSA’s expanded declaration provides relief for CMV operations providing direct assistance supporting emergency efforts intended to meet immediate needs for:
- Medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19.
- Supplies and equipment necessary for community safety, sanitation and prevention of community transmission of COVID-19 such as masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap and disinfectants.
- Food, paper products and other groceries for emergency restocking of distribution centers or stores.
- Immediate precursor raw materials, such as paper, plastic or alcohol, that are required and to be used for the manufacture of essential items.
- Equipment, supplies and persons necessary to establish and manage temporary housing, quarantine.
- Persons designated by federal, state or local authorities for medical, isolation or quarantine purposes.
- Persons necessary to provide other medical or emergency services.
911 for Truckers!! We have read several posts on Facebook and the truck drivers getting upset. A lot of fast food, restaurants and dining rooms are closed, with signs indicating that they are serving only via the drive thru. So they walk up to drive through and they won’t wait on them via the window indicating that they need to be in a vehicle. The driver says they are driving an 18 wheeler that will not fit in the drive-thru lanes the response has been from the restaurant that they don’t care. Hopefully truck stops and drive in’s will be more prepared to support truckers! Truckers are the backbone of this country and with the current pandemic we need to have support, sustenance…Post on www.eTruckBook.com (name of restaurant/location) if you find an eatery that is able to pamper the truckers as they deserve to be!
The team at TFSMall are thinking about our clients, and all members in the transportation industry. We are in a unique and vulnerable situation. The transportation industry is the backbone of the United States. Within the current health epidemic across the world, logistics will become even more important.
We are all at risk in contracting and being diagnosed with the COVID-19 (Corona) flu virus, so we wanted to share with you the guidelines directly from the CDC to reducing your risk. This is the link that you need to follow to access the most up to date information.
Please be sure to work from home if you can, wash your hands more than usual and for an extended period, refrain from touching face and look after the more vulnerable such as the elderly and those with underlying ailments that could make them more susceptible.
Overall, do not panic. Follow the guidelines and stay safe.
The team at TFSMall.com
Trump said the restrictions won’t apply to the United Kingdom, and there would be exemptions for “Americans who have undergone appropriate screenings.” It also wouldn’t apply to cargo. He said the U.S. would monitor the situation to determine if travel could be reopened earlier.
Starting your Transportation Business – Steps 1 and 2 – Getting legal! Getting your first client! Let TFS help you!
An update for you with reference to the lastest on the Coronavirus Flu
Transportation officials’ supporting role to the COVID-19 outbreak includes daily coordination with aviation industry stakeholders, foreign counterparts and federal agencies, Joel Szabat, acting under secretary for policy at the Department of Transportation, told a Senate panel March 4.
Szabat, a member of the White House’s coronavirus task force, went on to explain the department is ensuring there is an active airbridge in place for Americans returning from affected areas. Also, DOT is ensuring airlines funnel passenger flights to domestic airports with the capability of screening passengers, and that air and sea cargo traffic between the United States and China continues.
Another priority is that protocols are in place to protect crews of aircraft traveling between the United States and foreign spots, as well as providing alerts about the coronavirus, he added.
“Successful containment and mitigation of the virus to keep the American people safe will depend on the efforts of all levels of government, the public health system, the transportation industry and our communities,” Szabat said in prepared remarks to a subcommittee that oversees aviation. “The ability to sustain transportation services, move emergency relief personnel and commodities, and mitigate adverse economic impacts requires effective transportation policy decisions.”
Szabat’s statement preceded President Donald Trump’s comments at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Asked March 7 about the impact to the economy, the president indicated, “I like when people happen to stay in the United States and spend their money in the United States.”
Trump continued, “So I think people are staying in the United States more. They’re going to spend their money in the United States. And then this is ended. It will end. People have to remain calm.”
CDC is recommending avoiding nonessential travel to China, Iran, South Korea and Italy.
As of March 9, there were 35 states reporting cases of COVID-19, the disease occurring from the virus. Overall, CDC indicated there have been 423 cases of individuals with COVID-19, and 19 have died.
One of the individuals testing positive for the coronavirus is Rick Cotton, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The agency oversees the George Washington Bridge, home to the country’s top truck bottleneck. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), who recently declared a state of emergency, explained to reporters on March 9, “He’s been at the airports, obviously, when many people were coming back with the virus.”
The USMCA Trade and how it compares to NAFTA.
There are a variety of articles which indicate where the changes are and how it will help US businesses. Below are a few links for review.