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Truck drivers needed during COVID-19 pandemic

Posted at 6:57 AM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-20 19:11:49-04

BAKERSFIELD, CA. — As industries struggle during the pandemic, there is one that keeps trucking.

There is a call for anyone with a commercial drivers license to apply for truck driving positions available in their area.

Due to California Department of Motor Vehicles being closed, new drivers aren't able to take the CDL test. However, if you already have this license, there are over 40 positions open in Kern County.

“You can go get a CDL with any major trucking company and you can be working within a week and a half almost," said Michael Payton, K.M. Payton Trucking.

Driving trucks is the ideal opportunity for someone looking to work in isolation during this time.

“You’re definitely isolated from the general public. We are a tight community. There are 3.5 million drivers in the country and we’re all looking out for each other. I was just at the truck stop and drivers are wearing masks," said Michael Payton, K.M Payton Trucking.

Local drivers say they are grateful for people in the community who appreciate their work during this essential time.

“I speak for all over my driver friends when I say we really appreciate the public spotlight right now. You hear so many fantastic stories of people giving free lunches or offering to do something kind," said Payton.

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