How plow drivers are preparing for the snowy season across the Hoosier state and in 21 Country
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - Many of you may have seen a couple plow and salt trucks on the roads clearing out the paths after a few inches of snow fall on Tuesday.
Some cities are seeing a shortage of snow plow drivers ahead of winter storms.
State transportation departments across the country - including Washington State, Pennsylvania, Montana and Wyoming - are having trouble recruiting plowers, according to the New York Post.
The shortage of employees who hold a commercial driver’s license, which has impacted efforts to hire enough school bus and transit bus drivers, and retailers, restaurants and other industries are in short supply of employees, it may not be as well known that drivers are in high demand in the snow removal business.
The Indiana Department of Transportation say they have been hiring snow plow drivers since the summer time. Mallory Duncan says that they are on track with plow drivers. She says “We’ve been doing a lot of things to prepare across the state. We’ve been training new drivers. They’ve been out checking their routes. We’ve been checking every truck to make sure that they’re ready to run and go when we need to go.”
As for Fort Wayne, similar to the state, the street commissioner says they are fully staffed.
“When you are in the snowplow business, our job is to get these done as fast as possible and if it’s taking you 5 to 10 to 15 minutes to get from street to street to street, that adds up over a period of time. So a four-hour job, can take you six hours due to the amount of traffic that’s out there. It’s very critical to get things done safely and as fast as possible.” says Brian Shimkus.
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