LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Gas prices continued to increase in or around Southern California for the ninth day in a row. And that appeared to be a similar trend nationwide where other states were seeing an increase as well.
The average price of a gallon of regular gas in the Beverly Grove area on Saturday was $4.99 and $5.99 for premium.
“Right now, I spent almost $100 on gas,” said Edwin Palma, who commutes almost 100 miles per day. Though the price bump is not uncommon as summer approaches, this year, there is a new factor: a shortage in tanker truck drivers.
“With the fuel prices, there is a definitely an increase in that because of a cost to deliver to the station,” said Joe Keith of Pacific Gas Lines, which is based in Riverside.
He says a 50 to 80 percent drop in delivery requests due in large part to the COVID stay-at-home orders last year led to a drop in qualified drivers.
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