CAROLINA TRANSPORT SERVICES (CARTS) said it will close down on March 1 due to the high-stakes fuel shortage.CARTS said on its website that it has not been able to meet its fuel supply requirements due to higher than normal demand.
CARTS said it is committed to the future of its customers, but will not be able to continue as an active provider of transportation services in the future.CARBS said it does not have an estimate of when it will reopen, but it will likely be late spring.
The shutdown will affect CARTS’ fleet of diesel vehicles, as well as its fleet of fuel trucks.CARST plans to keep operating at its current fleet levels through the end of the year.
The company said it was working with CARTS on a contingency plan.CARSCOT said it has more than 1,600 full-time employees and 1,800 part-time staff in the United States and more than 40 international customers.
CARSCOT has more, but not all, of its vehicles driven on the road, but is still committed to expanding its fleet and expanding its services to those customers who are still traveling in CARTS fleets.CARS said it received $7.6 million in federal stimulus funds through March 1, $1.3 million from CARES grant recipients and $1 million from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.