On September 13-19, 2020, National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is running. This year, a central point of the National Truck Driver Appreciation Week (NTDAW) is the truck drivers role during the COVID-19. NTDAW is the time of America's gratitude to the truck driver profession and appreciation of their hard work. During the Pandemic, the industry was instantly providing much-needed support to the communities, from offering reliable transportation and providing needed medical personnel and supplies. This year it became significantly noticeable that truckers undertake one of the most demanding roles in the U.S. economy. Elaine L. Chao, the Secretary of Transportation of the U.S. Department of Transportation, expressed gratitude to truck drivers. In the USDOT official video, she said:


Since the COVID-19 crisis, the American people have gained a much greater appreciation of the importance of our nation's supply chain. And for the truckers who help to keep our store shelves stocked with food and supplies while most of us were confined to our homes. Despite recent lockdowns and other restrictions, Americas 3.5 million truck drivers continue to deliver 70% of all freight in the United States.

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