Truck drivers face new challenges as essential workers
POCOMOKE CITY, Md. – A Pocomoke City trucking company says although truck drivers are essential workers, they’ve been left behind in recent months because of new restrictions.
The owner, Kenneth Rantz, says drivers do a lot of behind the scenes work but since the pandemic began they’ve pretty much been contained to their trucks because rest stops and restaurants aren’t running as usual. Rantz tells 47 ABC those much needed breaks are crucial for the safety of drivers all across the country.
“They have to be able to park the truck in a safe haven parking place and a lot of those have been closed by governors. And places that we are allowed to park there’s no bathroom facilities or restaurants or carry out facilities,” says Kenneth Rantz, the owner of Rantz Trucking.
Rantz also says staff shortages have affected their projected schedules because companies are taking longer to unload deliveries. On a positive note, he says truck drivers have also felt a great amount of support and recognition they don’t always receive.