More Pain at the Pump
Fox 9 news shared this video report about the shortage of fuel truck drivers - since that is my "real life" job, it is something I understand better than most. But there are a lot of other factors at work that contribute to the shortage that are not mentioned in this report. The biggest inhibitor to people seeking this out as a career is government.
For example, I need to renew my license this year. To keep my hazmat endorsement, I must fill out a seven page questionnaire with DHS, then make an appointment with a federal office to get fingerprinted and show my notarized birth certificate, then off to a DVS office authorized to renew CDL licenses, so I can take a written hazmat test. All of this has to be done in order as each relies on the previous. And each charges a fee.
So two months of government appointments, all of which I have done before (and each time was told that it was a one time thing), then fork over almost a total of $150 (everyone has to get paid), so I can have the privilege of working 12-14 hour days. And the best part? You get to ride around the metro, looking at all of the riot damage and the hazards of driving with other commuters who don't understand that the following distance from the vehicle in front of me is for SAFETY not for them to jump into a do a break check.
Every fuel hauling company has minimum experience requirements that make sure no novices haul hazmat. (All for the same pay as similar jobs). It doesn't matter if it is -30 or 110+ degrees on the asphalt, rain, snow, you must be standing next to the valves.
I wonder why people aren't standing in line for that?