The COVID-19 pandemic has caused disruptions in supply chains around the world, and the oil industry is no exception. Due to a lack of tank truck drivers, Americans could feel the effects of a fuel shortage this summer.
Nearly 20% to 25% of tank trucks aren’t being used right now due to a lack of qualified drivers. Before the pandemic, the shortage was at 10%.
Executive vice president of the National Tank Truck Carriers Association, Ryan Streblow, said in a statement, “We’ve been dealing with a driver shortage for a while, but the pandemic took that issue and metastasized it.” He admits, “It certainly has grown exponentially.”
When COVID-19 shutdowns went into effect, demand for fuel declined sharply since Americans weren’t driving as much. This in turn decreased demand for truck drivers, with many drivers choosing to leave the industry for other employment opportunities.
Another recruiting challenge is the certification and training requirements. During the pandemic, truck driving schools around the country closed down.
A fuel shortage could also impact business for gas station marts that rely on drivers stopping by for coffee and snacks.
To attract drivers, many operators are planning to raise pay and give drivers incentives.
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