The NJ trucking industry is in bad shape. Could things get worse?

Everyone knows how high gasoline prices are in New Jersey right now, but you might not realize that the average diesel price is much higher, around $6 a gallon.

This has a major impact not only on trucking companies, but on anyone who walks into a store to buy anything.

Everything comes on a truck

According to Gail Toth, executive director of the New Jersey Motor Truck Association, whatever type of product you’re talking about, it’s delivered by a truck, and “there’s a price that has to add freight and your fuel, and that ultimately trickles down to every consumer, so yes, it’s going to have a serious impact on everyone.

She said that even as prices keep rising, there are growing concerns about a possible shortage of diesel fuel, and it is becoming more and more difficult to find specialized products and additives needed for new engines. of trucks.

“You know you can’t get supplies, you can’t get raw materials to finalize your supplies, you can’t find the manpower, fuel prices are exploding,” she lamented.

Not enough drivers

Another problem is that the shortage of truckers continues to worsen, Toth said.

“A lot of drivers, like a lot of other people, have decided early retirement is for them,” she said.

“Some people now have to choose who they go to because they don’t have enough drivers, they can’t grow their business because there aren’t enough drivers.”

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She said trucking companies are looking carefully at fuel and other operating costs, and some may be forced to cut off deliveries to more remote locations, creating another major hurdle.

“This thing is huge because when you cut off the supply chain, the people who are bringing all the supplies to you, that’s a problem, a very serious problem.”

She explained that in order to survive, trucking companies need to pass on higher fuel costs to the stores and businesses they serve, but if there is a delay in payment by these companies due to financial issues, the Trucking companies can quickly find themselves out of business because they won’t have enough revenue to continue buying fuel and paying salaries.

What happens if truck deliveries stop?

Toth said if the trucks stop running, there will be big problems quickly.

“Everything comes at some point by truck: your bread, your clothes, your diapers, your medicine, your garden supplies, everything,” she said. “It’s all done by truck, so finding a way to get us going is extremely important.”

What happens next?

“No one has ever seen anything so bad, no one knows what the future is. Everyone is just trying to go day by day, make sure you have your fuel,” a- she declared.

“I don’t want to scare people off, but we just don’t know. We don’t know but we know we need fuel, we need fuel for our trucks.

She said the production of different types of biodiesel fuels is increasing, but currently there is not enough to make a big difference.

David Matthau is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at david.matthau@townsquaremedia.com

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