Trucker Shortage Causes Concern Over Gas Supply – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The pandemic has left the trucking business open, which in turn raises concerns that if it returns to normal, the supply chain industry could suffer a blow.

Due to the lack of delivery orders, many drivers have left the store completely, creating problems for places like gas stations.

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“During COVID-19, we saw that the demand for gasoline has fallen sharply. So it didn’t take that many drivers to deliver fuel, ”said Daniel Armbruster of Triple AAA Texas.

Armbruster says they have seen some markers across the country lately that are running out of fuel. It’s a little worrying as summer travel is expected to increase.

“As more people will take to the streets again this summer, gasoline will be in demand. So if stations want fuel, they have to have drivers there to deliver the fuel, ”he said.

According to the American Trucking Association, the trucking industry will need more than 1 million new drivers over the next 10 years to meet current demand.

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Truckers currently move 70% of domestic freight in the United States.

Texas-based SISU Energy currently needs at least 300-400 additional drivers.

They offer weekly salaries of around $ 12,000 to $ 14,000 and still can’t find enough drivers. Because of this, owner Jim Grundy reckons the product shortage will extend beyond the pump.

“It will be in gasoline, it will be in toilet paper, it will be in red meat … shampoo,” he said.

He also predicts it will take longer than just this summer.

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“They show it will only get worse over the next 2 to 4 years,” he said.

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