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WILMINGTON -- Oil company CEOs went before Congress today to discuss sky-rocketing fuel prices. The soaring costs are hitting truckers hard. An independent trucker's strike has already broken out sporadically in several cities across the country from Los Angeles to New Jersey. In our area some drivers have pulled their rigs off the road. At least half a dozen local truckers have brought their last load in to the dock. One driver says they're waiting for the government to do something about fuel prices that are putting the brakes on their bottom line. Striking trucker Nick Telesco said, "Everybody is fed up, a lot of these guys have high truck payments and their paying $1,000, $1,200, $1,400 a month. They're saying, you know, before we lose our trucks this might be the last chance we have to save everything." Telesco's truck is now in park. He says it may stay that way for days. He and five other local independent truckers are striking. They say rising fuel costs have emptied their wallets. "It's costing us $1.50 more per gallon and were losing $50 to $75 a load on some of these loads," Telesco said. To put it in to perspective, one truck owner operator broke down his finances: from March 3 to March 31, Skip Cox grossed about $7,200. He says he spent $3,300 on gas. That's nearly half of his monthly income -- and that's before taxes. Cox said, "It's getting to the point that it's not profitable." It's not just truck owner-operators that are feeling the punch at the pump. Company truck driver Eugene Crawford said, "It affects me because if they can't buy fuel, I can't work." The average price for diesel fuel in our area is about $4. That's up more than a dollar from last year. CW's Truck Stop manager Joseph Smith said, "When the trucks come in they actually charge an additional fee to deliver here, so in turn, our costs go up and we have to pass that along to the customers." In the meantime, while costs go up, many truckers feel that if something isn't done about prices -- the rise in fuel costs might mean the downfall of the industry. "If the fuel prices remain the same or go higher, they're going to cause more people to go out of business." And while fuel costs are a large expense it doesn't stop there: truckers have to pay more than $1,000 for tags; a federally imposed $500 heavy vehicle tax; tires are $500 each; and something as simple as an oil change is more than $200.

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Truck strike and fuel prices No trucks No Food No Fuel

I wrote a book on this exact matter long before the Fuel prices went throw the roof. and it was published Just before it climbed to 4 and 5 dollars per gallon.I wish people and washington would read this book to have some sort of clue what we truck driver have to deal with day to day to bring them thier products. and if the knew how the diesel Fuel was affecting thier jobs and life styles they wouldn't tax us as heavy as they do and traffic might cut us a break..yea i know thats a dream..lol if your interested the books title is "And the Trucks Quit Running" www.barnesandnoble.com Thanks Earl Conlon

IAM 100% BEHIND THE MOVEMENT

IAM 100% BEHIND THE MOVEMENT TRUCKERS DESERVE A BIG BREAK AT THE PUMP I OWN A COUPLE OF TRUCKS MYSELF AND WORK IN FLA ONLY AND DIESEL PRICES IN OUR STATE BEEN $4.27 - $4.30 A GALLON THE PAST COUPLE WEEKS I REMEMBER DIESEL WAS THE LOWEST COST AND GRADE NOWS ITS TOP SHELF.SO WORLD IMAGINE SPENDING 7-8 HUNDRED AT THE PUMP EVERY 2 DAYS OUT OF YOUR POCKET NO GAS CARD NO GOV-ASSISTANCE AND WHEN FRIDAY COMES YOU BRING HOME 2700-3000 DOLLARS IF YOU DO THE MATH THEIRS ONLY 1100-1400 MADE THAT WEEK AND PLEASE PRAY THEIRS NO MAINTNECE NEEDED TO BE DONE CAUSE THEN THERE GOSE THE WHOLE CHECK,SO BASICLY I JUST DELIVERD ALL THOSE GOODS FOR FREE AND LEFT WITH NOTHING AT THE END OF THE WEEK BESIDES A GAS RECIPET TO TURN TO MY BOOKKEEPER FOR THE END OF YEAR.

It is a true statement as

It is a true statement as always that: "The needs of the many out weigh the needs of the few"...... I congratulate this guys/gals (truckers) for making a stand against fuel/diesel prices. Our N.C. Governor is NOT helping matters with our gas tax prices here in N.C. either. Rome wasn't built in a day...but surely can be torn a notch or 2 in it quickly by its people. Any more it's almost worth it for the average Joe whom drives a car to drive to South Carolina (60 miles/120 miles round trip) and fill your tanks once a week, and give the gas tax to South Carolina instead of giving it to Governor Easley. I'm sure the N.C. residents near the state line do this all the time...I know I would.

without trucks america stops

This will soon affect consumers. Some trucking companies are passing on the fuel cost increase to their customers via fuel surcharges, and as a result retailers are soon going to pass it onto consumers as higher prices. A guy who owns his own truck has to depend on the company he is leased to or his broker to add in the fuel charge.Some do and some don't, and the wost part is some charge a fuel surcharge and don't pass that on to the owner-operator. Just another day in paradise!

I support the truckers 100%.

I support the truckers 100%. As mentioned, everything you buy was on a big rig at some time, either delivering the materials to the manufacturer or bringing the finished goods to market. I see no reason why diesel should be $4.00 a gallon or gas should be $3.25. I think everyone understands where the truckers are coming from. However, some of them have chosen to drive at very slow speeds, blocking Interstates. This is NOT the way to gain support of the public. Believe me, we didn't want these fuel prices either. We have chosen to stay home most weekends now where we used to go off every weekend. But, of course, truckers' livings come from their wheels turning, so they don't have this option. Anyhow, I am behind you, and support you as well as most other Americans.

Long hard times

Lots of people fuss about truck drivers being on the road like if they own it. I do not. without out these truck drivers your life on east street would be over. No clothes would make it to your favorite store. No food would make it to the grocery store. The high gas price you pay would not be filling you tanks if a driver does not bring it to the station. without them civelization would stop. People no longer know how to plant and soe to servive anymore. These guys need a break and I for 1 support them 100%.

They are no different than

They are no different than anyone else...we al need a break

WM

Yes, the truckers are a little different WM. Unless you drive an 18 wheeler when is the last time you spent $1,200.00 to fill your tank? ... (I would have a stroke). They drive 8-11 hours a day for a living. We can stay home and save fuel if we have to, they can't. Not to mention upkeep on a truck....geeez.

I used to work for a sales

I used to work for a sales company and I also had to drive 6-10 hrs a day. Most truck drivers get paid so much per mile. Other drivers have their company pay for the gas and upkeep. And exactly how can we stay home and save fuel? We still have to get to work. Granted I don't drive anything like I used to and prices were lower then, but high fuel prices are hurting everyone. Everyone is affected by the high prices. Delivery services have raised their prices so the market has to raise theirs which means we are paying more for everything we buy, do, and have

You are absolutely correct.

You are absolutely correct. Many people fail to realize that EVERYTHING THEY BUY got there from a truck. If all truckers went on strike this country would be on it's knees in a matter of hours. Being a former otr driver myself I know truckers need some kind of break on diesal prices and congress better act sooner rather than later.

fuel

I worked for Old Dominion (Rapid Transport) right out of high school (25+ years ago) in the payroll dept. The guys complained about fuel then too. I paid the trip-lease guys, the ones that did not work for OD but used us to get loads back home from another delivery. These truckers basically bid on trips unless they work for a line. The lowest bidder will win and the fuel costs are still the same. The money comes right out of their profits. I never complain about trucks on the road, I darn sure would not want to drive one. If they all stop we all starve. You think food prices are high now? Hell the government subsidizes everything, so why not fuel for the men/women that keep America moving?

it hurts

It is starting to hurt to fill my truck when diesel is $4 a gallon.

Truck Strike

I am glad to see this story getting some attention. Most everyone else can just pass the rising cost of their business on to their customers. With larger trucking companies able to operate cheaper..we small owner operators can't raise our rates to recoup any of the rising costs. I am loosing over $250 a week out of my meager take home check(from all of the exorbitent fees our wonderful government keeps singleing our industry out for) just in the past 2 months alone. Over the course of this year, my bottom line has dropped over $15K. How many of you could afford that kind of pay cut? We need the support of all Americans to say enough is enough. Remember, NO MATTER WHAT IT IS, a truck driver delivered it somewhere for YOU. No truck drivers=no products. One last thing, there were a WHOLE lot more than a dozen local drivers not running today-myself included.

Fuel Prices

This has gone way past supply and demand. This has gotten pure stupid. I ran a family owned trucking company for 2 years. I saw the fuel bill for 9 trucks go from around $3000 per month to over $10000. They was not any significant increase or decrease in use, just the price. I commend these guys and girls for taking a stand. The story was correct. The other costs associated with trucking is ridiculous. They are charged nearly $1000 per year for the tag, an additional heavy highway tax of around $500, and taxes on the fuel. I would like for someone to explain to me how the price of highway diesel and off road diesel is so close. The fuel tax in NC is around 38 cents per gallon. Why is it at most stores that sell both types, the cost is usually within 25 cents or less. For those who don't know, the only difference is a red dye put in off road to indicate no fuel taxes have been paid. Get caught using that fuel and you get fined by the gallon for using off road on a highway. The costs of the tires needs to be clarified. The standard 11R22.5 is usually between $275 and $325 per tire depending on the store. The very large super singles that replace 2 11R22.5 stay around $600. Thats per tire. Do 10 with super singles or 18 times with 11R. It's not cheap. Now at $4 per gallon, the livelihood of these truckers is at stake. Everyone is taking a hit with fuel costs. But every consumer needs to remember one valuable fact; IF YOU GOT IT, A TRUCK BROUGHT IT. I support these truckers 110%. Hopefully the government will step in, get oil off Wall St, get gas prices down where people can afford to drive to work and stop rurnin my life. John Boy and Billy. Ya'll have a nice day.

Terrific rehetoric....

I heard the same yo-yo on TV, so since you repeated his line, maybe you can explain it. What is "Get oil off Wall Street" supposed to mean? Fuel is a cost of doing business for trucking companies and independent operators. When any other business in the world has increased operating costs, those costs are passed on to the end consumer. Trucking has to be run the same way. The problem isn't high fuel costs alone, it's a broken system that doesn't consistently pass those increases on to the person having his goods shipped. There's no way the trucking companies and owner-operators should feel the pain alone, or that the end consumer should be shielded from the higher costs of trucking. But if you're all fired up about subsidizing fuel for trucking companies and independent operators, you better stand ready to subsidize fuel for the railroads and airlines, too....cruise ships....mining companies...construction companies.....farmers....THEY ALL BURN DIESEL. In other words, the worst thing we can do is look to THE GOVERNMENT to remedy this situation. It will cost billions of dollars (that we don't have) and likely accomplish nothing. Instead, fix a broken system. Get the rates up to match the rise in fuel costs.

Yes, Wall Street!

The reason for the high energy prices is the global demand for oil. The reason for high global demand is the stage that is being set for us little people to merge into the global (barf) village. For most a few pennies an hour for labor. For the few, multi billions of dollars. Welcome to the New World Order.

Rehetoric

Don't lose site of the facts: AMERICANS NEED TRUCKERS FOR FOOD DELIVERY!! WE NEED FOOD FOR SURVIVAL, not a cruise ship, farmers already get their subsidies, airlines have gotten theirs, miners are backed up by government. COME ON PEOPLE !! EVERYONE RELIES ON THE TRUCKING INDUSTRY FOR SURVIVAL, EVERYONE. THINK ABOUT IT. NO OTHER INDUSTRY WILL SURVIVE WITHOUT A SEMI TRUCK DELIVERING THEIR NEEDS. PEOPLE AND BUSINESSES ALIKE NEED US TO HELP YOU MAKE IT.

Then fix the system

Increased fuel costs have to result in increased reimbursement for the owner-operators. The end consumer has to pay those increased costs. The LAST thing we need is the government trying to solve this problem.

Guys, Get used to getting

Guys, Get used to getting screwed by your govt. Diesel should be 25% cheaper that reg gas...but in 07(in the middle of huge oil price increases, worst possible time) the idiots @gov decided to MANDATE switch to 15ppm sulfur diesel(from 500ppm)...that is the reason diesel now costs more that gas.....they didn t want to delay the change a year or 2 or 3 to give the refineries/pipelines/additive suppliers a chance. Just shaft the diesel user. what a mess.