Two more major trucking industry events have announced changes in light of the COVID-19 outbreak.
The National Private Truck Council Thursday, March 12, announced it was canceling its annual conference and exhibition, and organizers of Truck World, the major Canadian truck show held near Toronto, said it would be held later in the year. The two changes come as the Mid-America Trucking Show announced it was canceling this year’s event, which was to be held at the end of this month in Louisville, Kentucky.
The Private Truck Council event was to take place in Cincinnati, April 26 — 28. Some 1,250 attendees and 170 exhibitors were expected.
In making the announcement, the council said:
“This decision is made in the best interest of the safety and welfare of all parties involved. It is also in response to the Governor of Ohio’s State of Emergency order this week recommending that mass meetings scheduled in the state be canceled, as well as the fact the World Health Organization has declared the COVID-19 crisis officially a pandemic and the U.S. government has banned travel from European Union countries into the United States. Many local and state jurisdictions around the country have issued orders recommending or requiring cancellations or limits on participation in all non-essential mass meetings.”
Registration fees will be refunded or applied to next year’s event.
Canada’s Truck World to be held in June
Organizers of Truck World, the national trade show for the Canadian trucking industry, announced they are postponing that event to later in the year due to concerns over the COVID-19 outbreak.
The event will now be held June 4-6 at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, just outside of Toronto. It was originally scheduled for April 16-18 at the same venue. Organizers say the corresponding TruckTech fleet maintenance summit is being rescheduled to Friday, June 5.
More than 500 industry suppliers and some 15,000 attendees normally attend Truck World.
FMCSA postpones Safety Summit
Due to the recent travel restrictions throughout the U.S., the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration today, March 13, announced it is postponing the Truck Safety Summit that was scheduled for March 19.
The agency said it is “following changes in the impact of COVID-19 and (will) work to schedule a new date for the Summit in the near future. We are disappointed, but the safety of the attendees is of the utmost importance. We look forward to setting a new date for the Summit.”
TANY postpones safety and education conference
The Trucking Association of New York today announced it was canceling its upcoming Truck Safety and Education Conference because of the COVID-19 outbreak. It was scheduled for April 7 and 8 in Saratoga Springs. All registrations will be refunded.
TANY also said it will hold all other meetings online or by video conferencing.
The Michigan Trucking Association’s 2020 Safety Banquet, originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 24, is postponed until Tuesday, May 5.
ATHS updates members on convention, other events
The American truck Historical Society today, March 13, informed members and others of the steps it was taking as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
In an email, the ATHS wrote:
Although the immediate risk of exposure to COVID-19, the coronavirus, is low, with rising concerns we wanted to update you on the steps we are taking to ensure the health and safety of our members:
- We have open lines of communication and are in close contact with health officials, the Illinois State Fairgrounds, and our staff and leadership team.
- At this time, registration is open for the National Convention & Truck Show in Springfield, IL, on May 28-30.
- We will do everything we can to keep National Convention & Truck Show attendees and exhibitors informed and aware of any change of plans in regards to COVID-19.
- We have extended early bird pricing for the ATHS National Convention & Truck Show until May 1, 2020.
- The Mack Museum in Allentown, PA, has closed and has canceled our Town Hall Meeting, April 18.
- Physical donations to the Zoe James Memorial Library will not be accepted until further notice.
- ATHS Chapters & Divisions are being advised to postpone all meetings, shows, and public events for 30 days.
- We are actively monitoring the situation and will respond quickly to any significant developments in the next few weeks.