Truck Driver Launches Petition Demanding “Protect Truckers Through Covid-19”
Washington D.C. – A truck driver has launched a petition asking President Trump and other United States leaders to “protect truckers through COVID-19.”
As truckers continue to risk their own health and safety to serve the needs of the American public amid the coronavirus pandemic, one Iowa truck driver is wondering, “what happens to us?”
Rachelle Tuttle has been a professional trucker for sixteen years and says she’s never seen anything like what is happening across America.
Along with her husband George, the two of them are a company team and run out of Michigan into “hot spots” in California and back each week.
Tuttle fears it could only be a matter of time before she and George fall ill.
“We are not superhuman,” she told Transportation Nation Network (TNN). “We are going to get sick too. If I’m positive, he’s going to be too, and then we are going to be off of work at least two weeks.”
She’s not only concerned about her family.
Tuttle is seeking answers on behalf of hundreds of thousands of truckers.
“It’s not outside the realm of possibility that a driver finds himself 2,000 miles away from home, and what are you supposed to do? I don’t think most drivers are getting guidance.”
Last week she launched a petition on Change.org asking for the “establishment of a hotline for drivers where they can receive guidance on what to do and where to go if they become ill when on the road.”
Additionally, if a driver does become ill while on the road, she’s asking that he or she be “reimbursed 100% of all expenses for food, supply delivery and lodging,” as well as for the expenses incurred by a family member to travel to where the trucker is.
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Lastly, the petition reads, “Drivers who become ill in the course of their duties should be entitled to sick pay, commensurate with their average daily earnings, until such time as they are medically cleared to return to work. Additionally, a driver who tests positive, whether ill or not, but who is required to be quarantined, should also be entitled to sick pay.”
Tuttle says the same should apply to owner operators as well.
“Truckers, friends and their families are millions strong and we’re watching. Do the right thing,” the petition states.
So far, it has garnered more than 450 signatures.
To read the entire petition and/or to add your name, click HERE.
Despite her concerns, Tuttle says she plans to keep on trucking.
“We are truckers… we know how to get things done.”
Photo shared courtesy of New York Truck Stop/Twitter