Valley Stream, New York 2021-05-11 22:31:41 –
Spartanburg County, South Carolina (WSPA) – The impact of the closure of the colonial pipeline sheds light on a major shortage of truck drivers. The industry leader told 7 News, which could lead to bigger problems for consumers.
Some pumps are gas-free and others have higher than normal price tags.
“I’m pulling it up and trying to get the gas, but it’s not anywhere,” said Karen Ford’s Spartanberg resident.
Truck industry leaders told Seven News that the temporary closure of colonial pipelines could have far more impact than pumps.
“All other links in the supply chain involve truck drivers. Every part of the supply chain can be delayed and sometimes priced,” said the President of the South Carolina Trucking Association. Rick Todd, also and CEO, said.
Rick Todd of the South Carolina Trucking Association said the panic on the pump only highlighted a major shortage of truck drivers.
“When things start to recover, it’s when we start having more problems with trying to find a driver,” Circle K Regional Transport Manager Crazy Dean told us.
Circle K’s Crazy Dean said Carolina alone has more than 12 openings left.
During the years when Francisco Navalet was a truck driver, he said he was directly aware of this shortage. But now that the pipeline has gone down and the gas has become more expensive, he told us that others can also be seen rising in price.
“It costs more to ship something, so everything will increase,” said the Francisco Navarrete truck driver.
A Colonial spokeswoman said this was all temporary.
AAA leaders are also calling on people to stop buying panic and get only what they need.
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