PRICEVILLE, Alabama – Trucks deliver over 80% of all goods in Alabama. This is a statistic that representatives of the Alabama Trucking Association have said they are proud of.
“If you get it, it’s from a trucker,” said Mark Colson, CEO and President of the Alabama Trucking Association.
Our economy relies on truck drivers to deliver loads safely and on time. A job they have done throughout the pandemic.
“I am proud of the response the trucking community has provided throughout COVID; delivering vaccines, delivering medical relief, meeting all the challenges that have been met, ”said Colson.
Nationally, supply chain issues impact different industries. According to Colson, like the rest of the country, Alabama needs more truck drivers.
“The supply chain shortages are real, it’s not because of the trucker shortage, it’s just a symptom, and it’s going to take time to resolve,” Colson said.
As gasoline and diesel prices rise, a truck driver at a truck stop in Priceville told News 19 that truckers are not making enough money per load they haul to make a living. Simply put, the amount of money it costs them to run their trucks is not worth the amount they are offered to make the trip.
“We are definitely in shortage, but it’s not because of the lack of drivers, it’s because of the lack of pay per charge. If they could just increase the pay per charge, you would have a lot more drivers who would be willing to go out and get it, but you just don’t have the overhead to do it and run around for free, ”he said. owner and operator, Johnie Moody.
Moodie said he saw as many trucks on the road as usual, but the drivers are not taking certain charges because they are not making money with them.
According to the ATA, it is working to recruit more truckers and speed up the certification process. Colson said they were grateful to the men and women who haul goods across the county.
“Thank a trucker, thank a trucker, it’s a tough time to be out there doing this job, but a simple thank you goes a long way,” said Colson.
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