Independent truckers plan to strike nationwide by shutting down their engines in the middle of US highways
Diesel is costing a lot of money these days. Its over $4.00 a gallon and that pinch at the pump is hurting truckers, especially independent operators. There is an unofficial trucker strike planned nationwide for tomorrow which could affect you, because truckers plan to shut off their engines right in the middle of the highways to show their protest to the high prices.
The zeros tack on as the tank fills up. Trucker Jaime Rayeski said, "Its usually around $600 for ours, 'cause we don't let it get down to 'E'."
The high cost of diesel is forcing a lot of trucking companies to ask their drivers to slow down at least 5 to 10 miles an hour to conserve on fuel. Trucker John Wilczak says he's doing it. "I try to do what I can to save myself, and the company money."
But driving slow isn't enough. So some independent truckers are planning to strike tomorrow and shut down their trucks to send a message to Congress that something needs to be done. Rayeski said, "Its gotten up there, certainly. A lot of the owners and operators have complained about the prices. Some of them are going to strike, I'm not real sure."
An economics expert with the University at Buffalo says the price of diesel will likely fluctuate but could drop some by the summer. Professor Emeritus Larry Southwick said, "My guess is that we're seeing more use of diesel as there are more trucks on the road."
Still, many truckers want action now and some say a nationwide shutdown could add some needed pressure at the pump. Wilcazk said, "I wish they'd do something about it -- the politicians. Obviously there's no cap on what they charge in tax. I don't see roads improving."
The group calling for the shutdown is the US Cattlehaulers and they're asking other truckers to join them. But at least one other trucking company association strongly disagrees with this action and says it won't do any good. The impact could hit you, the consumer, on store shelves. If this strike is large enough, then store shelves in some areas of the country could be empty.