Truckers asking for help from state and local businesses during COVID-19 crisis

Posted at 1:39 PM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 14:39:07-04

The Louisiana Motor Transport Association is asking for help from businesses around the state as Louisiana trucking companies are working around the clock to provide essential supplies to medical facilities, retail stores, plants and homes as they endure the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis.

"In crisis, the people of Louisiana can take comfort in knowing that thousands of Louisiana truck drivers are working hard to maintain the supply chain," said LMTA Executive Director Chance McNeely in a release. "We are experiencing challenges, though, and we need support from governments, businesses, and the public in order to keep doing our job."

According to the LMTA, it is becoming more difficult for truck drivers who need food, parking and restroom facilities along the state's highways as governments place heavy restrictions on businesses and people.

The LMTA is asking that restaurants around the state to think outside the box on how to provide services to its truck drivers instead of turning them away.

Businesses that have the ability to provide services to truck drivers during this time are asked to email to let the LMTA know where they can steer their drivers.

MTA has also created a web-page with trucking resources related to COVID-19 that can be accessed by clicking here, including information on regulatory relief.