Shortage of Snow Plow Drivers is Expected in Oregon This Winter

Snow Plow Drivers: According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, the state’s roadways have become more difficult to clear due to a scarcity of drivers operating snow plows.

According to Oregon Public Broadcasting, the government organization responsible for maintaining the roads in the eastern portion of the state has approximately forty open positions, both seasonal and permanent, on its road maintenance crew.

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Shortage of Snow Plow Drivers is Expected in Oregon This Winter

Rich Lani, a regional district manager for ODOT, said, “We’re trying to be creative with shifts and we have some days where we don’t have coverage in the early hours of the morning.” “We have some days where we don’t have coverage in the early hours of the morning.”

Shortage of Snow Plow Drivers is Expected in Oregon This Winter
Shortage of Snow Plow Drivers is Expected in Oregon This Winter

According to the government, the longer wait times required to obtain a commercial driver’s license were one factor that contributed to the lack of drivers in the country. The new federal licensing standards for drivers

The cost of obtaining a special driver’s license for new snow plow drivers will be covered by ODOT. After the snow removal season, which lasts for around half a year, the majority of the agency’s drivers look for work elsewhere.

Lani remarked that it would not be difficult to find work for them now. “They already have this Class A CDL in their possession, so a lot of private industry will try to entice them away with the promise of higher salary and employment all year round.”

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