Massachusetts towns are offering snowplow drivers up to $310 an hour due to the national driver shortage that threatens to cause school delays and road closures for the upcoming winter.
Business Insider reported that drivers who are licensed to operate commercial vehicles have the potential to make a lot of money this winter season. “Considering that you have to bring your truck and have to stay up all night and have to be prepared, and the truck has to be running, I think it’s pretty reasonable,” Chelmsford resident Mike Ruby told NBC Boston.
Construction companies are supplying truck drivers and equipment to aid in the shortage. Amid the shortage, towns are competing for workers with CDLs. For example, in Watertown, Massachusetts, hourly wages range from $86 to $310 depending on equipment used. Lowell is offering $85 an hour for those using pick-up trucks and $155 an hour for larger trucks.
These wage increases are an attempt at preventing another snowplow driver shortage, since last year’s resulted in road closures across the state. This year, the risk is higher that the shortage would cause school delays, something that was avoidable last year with virtual schooling. School delays are the state’s biggest fear, which is driving the push to hire more drivers.
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