CCJ Daily Dispatch, May 12: CDC offers guidance for fleets to protect drivers

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Updated May 13, 2020

Trucking news and briefs for Tuesday, May 12, 2020: 

CDC offers guidance for fleets, truckers
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued guidance specifically for trucking companies and drivers to help protect them during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The agency says trucking companies “should have a COVID-19 response plan to protect drivers, following CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers.” Among recommendations CDC offers for fleets are:

  • Take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 if a driver is sick by encouraging sick drivers to stay home
  • Provide drivers with accurate information about COVID-19, how it spreads and risk of exposure
  • Provide drivers with personal protective equipment, alcohol-based hand sanitizers, tissues and trash bins
  • Pre-qualify truck stops, rest areas, and hotels to ensure such facilities are open, supplied, and follow recommended COVID-19 safety practices
  • Make a plan with your employees as to what to do if they become sick while on the road, including where to stop, where and how to seek medical advice and treatment, and plans for freight delivery
  • Implement flexible sick leave and supportive policies and practices

CDC’s full list of recommendations for both trucking companies and truck drivers can be found here.

Fleet Advantage launches Sale-Leaseback program for carriers
Fleet analytics and financing firm Fleet Advantage has introduced a new Sale-Leaseback program to help infuse cash and flexibility into fleets. The program is meant to help carriers substitute for lost revenues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program allows fleets to select older models from their fleet that Fleet Advantage will purchase and lease them back to the carrier until they can transition to new equipment when ready.

“Having additional cash on hand is critical for today,” said John Flynn, CEO of Fleet Advantage, “but the flexibility to upgrade to newer truck technology with advanced safety features tomorrow will help fleets come out of the pandemic with a significant competitive edge through financial and operational efficiencies gained.”