TRUCK DRIVERS AND GAS SHORTAGES COMING UP THIS SUMMER

Coming this summer: Gas stations running out of gas

Millions of people stuck at home for more than a year are expected to hit the road for much-needed post-pandemic vacations this summer. Good luck finding gas.

Not that there’s a looming shortage of crude oil or gasoline. Rather, it’s the tanker truck drivers needed to deliver the gas to stations who are in short supply.

According to the National Tank Truck Carriers, the industry’s trade group, somewhere between 20% to 25% of tank trucks in the fleet are parked heading into this summer due to a paucity
of qualified drivers. At this point in 2019, only 10% of trucks were sitting idle for that reason.

“We’ve been dealing with a driver shortage for a while, but the pandemic took that issue and metastasized it,” said Ryan Streblow, the executive vice president of the NTTC. “It certainly has grown exponentially.”

DAWG SAYS: THIS IS A COMPOUNDED PROBLEM; PEOPLE HAVE BEEN MAKING MORE MONEY TO STAY HOME AND DOING JUST THAT. ALSO, WE ARE NOW DEPENDANT ON FOREIGN OIL AGAIN, AND THEIR CONTROL OF SUPPLIES AND PRICES ARE AT THEIR LACK OF MERCY.

THIS IS NOT GOING TO GO WELL.


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