American Truckers Will Receive Over One Million Masks
The U.S. Department of Transportation announced that it will assist in distributing over one million protective masks to the nation’s commercial truck drivers.
On Wednesday, April 29, 2020, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), on behalf of the Administration and under the leadership of Secretary Elaine L. Chao, announced it will assist in the distribution of one million protective masks to truck drivers.
“Under Secretary Chao’s leadership, the Department of Transportation been supporting America’s truckers during this challenging time. We have all seen the incredible efforts that the nation’s commercial drivers are making each day to deliver goods and supplies to homes, businesses, and hospitals throughout America. With the help of our state partners and the motor carrier industry, these protected masks will help truckers remain safe and healthy while they continue to maintain our nation’s supply chain,” said FMCSA Acting Administrator Jim Mullen.
FMCSA has been collaborating with states, industry stakeholders and motor carriers to distribute one million protective face masks for truckers which were provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The news releases notes that 800,000 masks have been distributed in the following states: Arkansas, California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Nebraska, New York and Texas. For more information on distribution, visit www.fmcsa.dot.gov/masks.
An additional 200,000 masks are being delivered directly to motor carriers to distribute to drivers.
Truck drivers across America have been struggling across the country since the pandemic’s beginning. Not only are they working hard to keep up with increased demands for products, but they also are struggling to find basic things like hot food and clean bathrooms on the road, given the circumstances.
Luckily, these workers are now receiving some of the protections they need to stay healthy and still do their jobs.