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Heavy-duty trucking has proceeded to drive forward during the COVID-19 outbreak, working at around 89% of its typical rate of activity, according to telematics information from Geotab, compared to 69% for passenger vehicles.


Considering the whole effect of COVID-19 on businesses and consumers over North America, the truth that trucking – considered to be an essential service – has only seen mild decreases, is to some degree shocking. Especially when it comes to cross-border movement, which was closed down to all non-essential activity March 21.


According to Daniel J. Lewis, senior data researcher and research and development specialist for Geotab, with the shutdown of numerous non-essential businesses over North America and the unprecedented effect on the economy, a stronger decrease in cross-border traffic was expected. However, with the increase of demand for fundamental goods, such as toiletries and basic supplies, as well as the proceeded operation of home delivery services, there remains a demand for the continued operation of the trucking supply chain.


“While numerous communities over North America and the world are announcing a state of emergency and are ordering the closure of non-essential businesses, trucking and coordinations companies are proceeding to provide the goods that we depend on every single day,” said Neil Cawse, CEO of Geotab. “We at Geotab send our true appreciation to all truck drivers, together with health care workers, grocery store workers and numerous more who are proceeding to provide the services and goods that we need.”


The states of New York and New Jersey, considered the North American epicenter of the coronavirus, is down to 63% compared to its typical activity. It ought to come as no shock that grocery store demand is the reason behind much of the proceeded requirement for trucking, accounting for 90% of the flow of commercial transportation movement. By comparison, the movement of goods to most retail stores has declined anyplace from 20%-30%. Warehouse movement is holding consistent at 82% of its typical rate, whereas industrial has seen a decrease of 25%. With passenger vehicles travel down due to stay-at-home orders from different territories and states, trucking has seen a decrease in interactions with other drivers on the road.