By Associated Press - Wednesday, October 3, 2018

COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont fuel dealers say they are seeing a shortage of younger drivers.

Vermont Public Radio reports the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association has started meeting with the state Department of Labor and Motor Vehicles to help solve the issue.

James Oil Company owner Tony James says the average person delivering oil is 40-50 years old. He says he has a number of open driving positions, but he isn’t seeing interested applicants.

Fuel drivers face the additional hurdle of passing a background check and getting a hazmat endorsement as required by the federal government.

Fuel Dealers Association executive director Matt Cota says they need to consider creative ways to find qualified truck operators.

Some strategies include encouraging more women to drive trucks and incorporating training in high schools and tech centers.

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