The shutdown hasn’t yet battered supplies locally, though AAA predicts gasoline prices in the region could rise three to seven cents per gallon this week. The auto agency also cautioned there could be “limited fuel availability” in places – a trend Kemp said worried him.
“We are seeing some shortages around the state, and we don’t want a run on the pumps,” he said.
The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded in Georgia on Tuesday was $2.87, up 11 cents from a week ago. In metro Atlanta, GasBuddy logged the price of a gallon at about $2.89, an increase of nearly 4 cents from the day before.
Other parts of Kemp’s order lift weight restrictions on tankers that carry fuel to gas stations and warn against price gouging.
Georgia governors have taken similar steps before to blunt rising gas prices. Then-Gov. Sonny Perdue suspended the state sales tax on gas for a month in 2005 as prices soared in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Three years later, Perdue halted an increase in the gas tax collection amid spiking fuel costs.