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GPS Insight Forward IconCOVID-19 and Mobile Workforces

  • HOS requirements have been suspended in some cases. Find out if the suspension applies to your organization and drivers.
  • Find out how truck stops are providing vital services.
  • See tips for small businesses to handle this situation.
  • Get information from the World Health Organization.

Mobile Workforces and COVID-19: Resources to Protect Your Drivers.

If your business is worried about surviving COVID-19 with minimal impact, you’re not alone. Businesses of all sizes, as well as government agencies, are shifting their policies and procedures to better handle this unprecedented situation.

The GPS Insight team prepared this blog post to link to authoritative resources that will help your organization adapt to the COVID-19 situation. We will also post updates about operations at GPS Insight.

Please watch this post for more relevant information as it becomes available.

UPDATE: April 1, 2020

Automotive Fleet’s COVID-19 Resource Center

Automotive Fleet Magazine has posted a helpful resource center that encompasses a wide range of information. It includes advice about the best types of gloves to wear to news from OEMs about how they’re shifting their practices.

Leave Truck Stop Goods for Truckers

KUTV reported that the public is turning to truck stops for essentials like paper products and grocery stores. That causes a problem: It causes shortages for truckers, which is yet another obstacle for them in the course of driving more than 700 miles per day.

FMCSA Adds New COVID Declaration FAQ Page

On March 25, the FMCSA published a new FAQ page to clarify the Emergency Declaration issued by the federal government. It covers questions such as drivers taking the required 10 hours of rest as well as types of freight that meet the standards of the declaration.

Share Thoughts on How COVID is Affecting Your Fleet

Heavy Duty Trucking is gathering research to gauge how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting vehicle fleets. Your information could provide valuable insight about how to minimize the impact and keep both your employees and the public safe. Take the survey to help!

What if Your Drivers Have Symptoms on the Road?

Commercial Carrier Journal has consistently published helpful information since the coronavirus has changed the business landscape in the US. One of their can’t-miss stories discusses how to handle drivers reporting that they’re suffering from COVID-19 symptoms while on the road. Find out how they recommend helping your drivers!

UPDATE: March 24

Tips for Fleet Drivers

Truck drivers and fleet drivers don’t have the luxury of working from home. And many of us are counting on them even more than usual. Here are some tips from Automotive Fleet Magazine to help drivers stay protected!

UPDATE: March 20

GPS Insight Open, Transitions to Teleworking

Like many of our customers, our staff has already made the transition to remote working. We are able to provide the same support that you depend on to get the most from your mobile workforce. Staff members are fully equipped at home, and are using video calls to stay connected and call forwarding to ensure we are there for our customers. We are continuing to advance our product development roadmap as well as providing 24/7 support.

Our mobile GPS Insight Manager App can help your organization continue operating during this time and we recommend users download it on cell phones and tablets. Account administrators can also set up scheduled reports to allow remote workers to monitor operations and events that require their attention.

Please contact us with any questions.

HOS Requirements Suspended

We all depend on products truckers deliver to homes, retailers, and wholesalers even under normal circumstances. With a global pandemic in progress, they’re even more important. That’s why the US government took the historic step of waiving Hours of Service regulations for motor carriers transporting relief supplies. You can read more about in this article.

How to Get an HOS Waiver

How do you know if your organization and drivers qualify for an HOS waiver? The FMCSA has information to help you navigate COVID-19 emergency declarations. Read more to see what applies to your fleet.

Truck Stops a Vital Link in Surviving COVID-19

NATSO, a group representing truck stops and travel plazas, says its members are taking steps to remain open to serve truck drivers. Those steps include converting sit-down restaurants to take-out operations. Learn more.

COVID-19 Tips for Small Businesses

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce knows the importance of small businesses – and how challenging this situation is for small business owners. The chamber has assembled a Coronavirus Toolkit to provide guidelines that will help small businesses protect employees and customers alike.

World Health Organization COVID-19 Q&A

Do you still have basic questions about COVID-19? The World Health Organization has an easy-to-understand breakdown that ranges from how the illness spreads to who is most at risk to how to protect yourself. Read more.

Thanks to Those Who Keep the Nation Moving

While some of us are working from home, many are still on the road because there’s simply no other way to get the job done.

You are keeping grocery stores stocked, providing home services, delivering medical supplies, and numerous other services that mobile workers provide to keep our homes and lives on track.

GPS Insight would like to thank all the men and women who perform these services every day and especially during this time of need.

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