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Old 03-31-08, 08:59 PM   #1
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Trucker Strike to protest fuel prices

Listening to my CB radio on the way home, looks like there will be some truckers parking it tomorrow april 1st..

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news...83/detail.html

what do you think?
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It's too bad my place wouldn't do that. That means no load!!!!!
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I think the oil companies can hold out a lot longer than the truckers, unfortunately.
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thats tough cookies for america
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Who exactly are they protesting against?
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I think the oil companies can hold out a lot longer than the truckers, unfortunately.
Since there is really nothing to be done about high fuel prices, I think striking is to get more money for loads delivered. But if that happened the price of everything would sky rocket, and demand would disappear along with their jobs.
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Fuel cost.

I drove a truck, for a tad over 25 years myself, and I can understand their financial pain.When it starts costing you over $800.00 to drive 1000 miles, just for fuel, that hurts the bottom line (IE: What you can send home to the family.)
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Fuel cost.

I drove a truck, for a tad over 25 years myself, and I can understand their financial pain.When it starts costing you over $800.00 to drive 1000 miles, just for fuel, that hurts the bottom line (IE: What you can send home to the family.)
But this protest will have no impact on that side of the equation. One days fuel in reserve might drop the price a few pennies for a few days....the truckers are going to still end up delivering their loads and picking up new loads, so total miles driven for the year won't change much.
They would be better off raising the rates for deliveries, which of course there will be resistance too, but hey, people want their goods.
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Truckers are the world's economy, hands down.
I have so much respect for truckers it aint funny.
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Not just fuel. A lot of them are getting gouged by Insurance Companies also.
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Since there is really nothing to be done about high fuel prices, I think striking is to get more money for loads delivered. But if that happened the price of everything would sky rocket, and demand would disappear along with their jobs.
I doubt demand will diminish in the least...conversely demand should increase due to lack of supply. I think upwards of 80% of all product in the U.S. is moved by the trucking industry.

I believe it is a correct assumption that truckers are pulling over in order to garner higher load prices. Some of them say they simply cannot make a living with present haul pricing (fuel surcharges) compared to everyday sky-rocketing fuel prices.

Whether we drive or otherwise depend on oil, we are all fixin to feel the pinch in a big way. The cost of everything we purchase will be increasing.
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Agreed, and it's not so much to get a reduction in fuel cost as it is to get a better fuel surcharge. Fuel an d insurance are 2 fixed amount of usage, but fluctuating cost variables. They are also the 2 variables that drive companies and small fleet owners into bankruptcy. If costs rse high enough, and freight stops moving, we have a major problem.
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But this protest will have no impact on that side of the equation. One days fuel in reserve might drop the price a few pennies for a few days....the truckers are going to still end up delivering their loads and picking up new loads, so total miles driven for the year won't change much.
They would be better off raising the rates for deliveries, which of course there will be resistance too, but hey, people want their goods.
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I posted about this days ago and nobody bothered to comment. Their earnings are not keeping up with their expenses. Expect problems.
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http://www.petrolprices.com/

UK Petrol Prices for
Monday 31st Mar 2008
Avg. Min. Max.
Unleaded:107.2p 102.9p 118.9p
Diesel:115.4p 109.9p 125.9p
LRP:111.8p 106.0p 115.9p
Super:114.1p 105.9p 122.9p
LPG:56.0p 47.9p 59.9p

edit: that's pence per litre
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Can anyone explain why the truckers don't just raise their prices? The pizza places have done it since ethanol has made farmers plant less wheat creating a jump in the price and flour. And gas station owners certainly raise price with the cost of oil, so why aren't the truckers just doing the same?
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Because of tariff regulations. trucking Company rates are regulated by the Federal Government or Contract rates negotiated by the companies, and these drivers are leasing their trucks out to the companies. They have little or no control over the rates charged and they only have 2 options , run at a loss or pull off the road.

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http://http ://w ww.thedenverchannel...83/detail.html

what do you think?
i think that when Americans complain about $4 a gallon diesel, they reveal how spoiled they are.
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