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Trucker’s strike begins over diesel prices

April 1, 2008

Trucker Strike 08Independent truckers all across America are striking over the next three days in protest of exorbitantly high diesel prices.

I first heard the story on NPR yesterday, and various news reports are showing the strike is underway, and for good reason:

Word of the independent trucker strike is rumbling across the country’s highways. There are about 500,000 independent drivers nationwide. But it’s hard to say how many drivers will actually join in this loosely organized shut-down and turn off their engines for a whole week.

Filling the gas tanks of a big rig can cost as much as $1,000, about $300 more than it cost this time last year. That’s having a devastating impact on the independent drivers, like Ted Gennick. Most drivers aren’t reimbursed for their rising fuel bills, so they eat the extra cost. Gennick says it’s harder for the independents to stay afloat, “it is because we don’t have the purchasing power so we’re not able to get the discounts the large carriers are able to get from both fuel re-sellers and maintenance and repairs, tires. We’re paying premium dollar for those.”

And at gas stations where the average price for a gallon of diesel fuel has passed 4-dollars, gas station owner John Benda says he’s seen grown men brought to tears. “We’re in for hard times in the next few months. Really, it’s now affecting people and changing their lives, and their lifestyles and we’ll see it over the next few months.”

Trucker StrikeIn timing with the strike, the American Truckers Association issued demands to President Bush and the Federal Government on March 30 to help bring down fuel prices. Their reasonable demands include:

Release oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve;
Suspend the collection of the 12 percent federal excise tax on motor carriers’ purchase of auxiliary power units , which cut the consumption of fuels in idling truck engines; (clink link for some government savings info and financing program)
Require states to grant a weight exemption for APUs;
Continue to fund EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership Program, which encourages fuel-saving strategies

Tennessee blogger Joe Powell has more updates coming if you’re interested in supporting the truckers.

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. Daniel Owen permalink
    April 1, 2008 1:28 pm

    good for them! cheers

  2. April 1, 2008 2:00 pm

    Prices could come down if only liberals allowed safe drilling off our shores, but oil companies are kept from taking care of our own.

  3. April 1, 2008 5:37 pm

    That’s certainly not true. And this isn’t a liberal/conservative thing, either Mr. Dog. If you read my entry, you’d see that they’re asking for specific things that would bring down the taxes and fees that bring up the price of diesel. Oil drilling off the coast, or in Alaska, for that matter wouldn’t solve anything.

  4. Damnsam permalink
    April 1, 2008 11:36 pm

    This is not all pollitical. It is bussiness. The oil goons are greedy… They are of the richest and most powerful families on earth . Between them and the international BANKSTERS, they control our lives in this new age, by regulating the value of our currency, and the cost of our energy, which we all are now somewhat dependent on. They have us where they want us.. No one wants to lose their stuff, but most of us sweating, owe all it is worth(or more) anyway. Lets all go on Vacation(strike) at home for 2 weeks and our economy will fail, those powerful families will loose more than we will….. sort of a passive agressive effect…… A peaceful revolution. I say we start right after the Truckers week… What do ya say? Sam

  5. April 3, 2008 5:58 am

    Thanks for covering this Stumptowngirl! I heard about it on NPR too and cheered in my car. I was thinking to myself how I would feel if I was on the freeway when this was happening and I hope that I would be supported and not give a shit that I was going to be late…

  6. April 3, 2008 12:55 pm

    I AGREE 100% WE NEED TO STAND UP TOGETHER, TIMES HAVE GOTTEN MUCH HARDER ON US TRUCKERS AND THEN WE KEEP GETTING HIT WITH THESE HIGHER FUEL PRICES AND CHEAPER HAULING RATES.IF WE DONT PULL TOGETHER AND MAKE A STAND.THEN THE RICH(OIL REPRESENITIVES) WILL CONTINUE GETTING RICHER AND THE POOR( TRUCKERS) WILL CONTINUE GETTING POORER. IF OUR PRESIDENT CAN HELP OTHER COUNTRYS, HE NEEDS TO FOCUS ON OUR OWN THAT IS FALLING APART FAST.

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