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A lack of qualified truck drivers could lead to a supply shortage at your local gas pump this summer, experts in the industry are saying.

“We’ve been dealing with a driver shortage for a while, but the pandemic took that issue and metastasized it,” National Tank Truck Carriers Executive Vice President Ryan Streblow told CNN. “It certainly has grown exponentially.”

A fuel supply shortage could also lead to higher prices at the pump, which have already climbed to $4.04 per gallon in Los Angeles and Long Beach, according to AAA.

The average price per gallon a year ago was just $2.83. 

Eric Spillman reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on April 28, 2021.