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Trucking company Knight Transportation, Swift Transportation, Barr-Nunn and Abilene Motor Express (KNX) has provided an update on its driver safety policies aimed at containing the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19).

The company said that it continues to take measures to maintain the safety of drivers while keeping the delivery of critical supplies to stores and supply chains uninterrupted.

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Knight-Swift CEO Dave Jackson said: “The health and safety of our employees, as well as that of the communities we serve, remains our number one priority.

“We thank our hard-working driving associates who have answered the call, at a critical time, in this country. We are grateful for those who support our driving associates and our customers in helping to keep store shelves stocked.”

As part of the measures, the KNX companies established 24 locations across the US for drivers of any KNX brand to acquire food, water and cleaning products free of charge.

Intensified cleaning and the sanitisation of all trucks and terminals will be carried out.

Furthermore, newly recrutied driving associates are provided with virtual training classroom options. The training and on-boarding processes will incorporate social distancing during all times.

In addition, drivers and support staff who have tested positive with the virus will be compensated and do not require the need to use their PTO.

Driving associate Michael Sanchez said: “The company has done a wonderful job making sure its drivers are as healthy and cared for as they can be while on the road. It’s great to feel valued and appreciated during a difficult time.”

KNX companies continue to operate by all federal, state, and local mandates during the outbreak.