Trucker fuel strike continues

By: Robin Beal Email
By: Robin Beal Email

ARDMORE, Okla. -- It was billed by some as a nationwide strike, but truckers we talked to Wednesday said the independent carrier shutdown fell a little flat. Robin Beal, who was at the Flying J Travel Center on Wednesday in Ardmore, has this report.

While everyone seems to agree that fuel prices have gotten outrageous with diesel fuel prices up and down Interstate 35 near $4 a gallon, drivers we spoke with Wednesday said the strike was a great idea, but maybe not very easy to actually put in to practice.

That should not, however, lessen your perceptions of just how concerned the trucking industry is over today’s diesel prices. One professional driver said he has been in the business for 42 years, and he never thought he would see diesel sell for more than $2 a gallon, let alone $4.

"I went from Wichita, Kansas to New Orleans to Kansas City to Ponca City, Oklahoma. It took a week, and I made $85,” professional truck driver Robert Kennedy says.

A professional driver said late Wednesday afternoon that he was in Peoria, Illinois, and said diesel there was $4.07 a gallon, but earlier in the week he was on the east coast where he had to pay as much as $4.30 a gallon. That driver is Robin Beal, Sr., father of KXII-TV’s Robin Beal. It’s just more evidence the rising costs are hitting home.


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  • by STEPHEN Location: WACO,TX on Apr 22, 2008 at 04:54 PM
    Yea i think these truckers are right if we start now by going on strike maybe these oil companies will get the idea that US citizens arent gonna tolerate these gas prices to much longer.Heck the other day i filled up with regular unleaded and it took almost $80 to fill up and thats just in a small truck and just 2yrs ago it only took like $45 if not less, im really outraged by all these prices and almost fell like the whole US just needs to go on strike to relay the message to these oil tyrants.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 7, 2008 at 03:26 PM
    The infrastructure isn't there. most of the tracks are gone and built over decades ago. I would love to see the train network come back.. but it would cost billions and of course freight on trains is only cheaper because it is so slow and horrible, it would also add trucks in cities and towns, not limit them.
  • by Casi Location: Ector, TX on Apr 7, 2008 at 02:39 PM
    I have a question...why dont' we go back to using trains? Most of the infrastructure is still in place, just needs some work (there's an opportunity for some people out of work), and reduce energy...maybe even add a few passenger cars and start utilizing it in the smaller towns around the area with a central stop in Sherman/Denison. Just a question.
  • by Fozzy on Apr 7, 2008 at 07:22 AM
    Truckers have had this coming for a long time now.. the strike (and they are called for almost every month for various reasons) is a joke and has been since the drivers themselves whizzed all over any organization of their labor and gave it all away at the expense of their futures... hire the mexicans.. they won't complain as much!
  • by Mork Location: Ork on Apr 7, 2008 at 07:04 AM
    Gary - you obviously don't know what a 3rd world status really is. We are spoiled.
  • by Gary Location: Oklahoma on Apr 5, 2008 at 07:33 AM
    America seems to be headed to third world status with a small super rich class small midle class and a very large class of poor people. This is by design not by accident. The rich control the politicians and the laws are written in their favor. They have no pity on anyone and people are looked at as objects. They care for thier money more than they do people. What a shame they do not know how to live. I bet Jesus suffers them the way he suffered his disciples.
  • by Claud Location: Sherman on Apr 4, 2008 at 07:58 AM
    As a trucking company owner the cost of fuel is a major cause of me closing the company .i recently turned in my truck because i just couldn't keep up with the costs.when the customer doesn't want to pay the extra cost even though its billed to them.the extremely high cost of fuel among other reasons...i finally just had to bite the bullet and close the company.
  • by David Location: Texas on Apr 4, 2008 at 06:57 AM
    Things won't change as long as people are willing to pay these inflated prices. Unfortunately, the oil companies know that we're stuck with whatever prices they want to set. That's because everyone needs gasoline to get to work, go on vacation, go to the store to buy groceries so they can feed their family, etc. Sure President Bush might not have anything to do with high gas prices, but he's definitely reaping the rewards from it. If anything, he would be an obstacle in the way of solving this problem. The only way this problem will be solved is when gasoline costs too much to buy, which could eventually happen. Talk about shutting the country down. That would do it. As for me, I only go places when necessary. Travel plans have definitely changed. I was planning to go to North Carolina, but now I'll just be staying in Texas. One good thing could come out of these high gas prices. Maybe I'll get healthier by riding my bicycle everywhere. If only someone could turn trash into fuel.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 4, 2008 at 05:04 AM
    Todd, get Clinton in office and taxes will go sky-high to pay for her socialist agendas. And Glover Dixon, bread is expensive because of wheat shortages and the fact that wheat prices have more than doubled in the last year! Eggs are expensive because the cost of feed (corn!) has gone up due to the demand for corn to be used for ethanol. Get some brains, people!
  • by todd Location: somewhere in oklahoma on Apr 3, 2008 at 01:23 PM
    you know mike is right.bush is a oil man and gas prices didn't start going up until bush was in office.and as far as mccain goes there again he was not born in the u.s.a should he should not be able to run for president.GET BUSH OUT OF OFFICE AND PUT CLINTON IN OFFICE AND THEN THE GAS PRICES WILL GO DOWN ALOT.AND YES ALL BUSH CARES ABOUT IS THE $$$$$$$$$$ IN HIS POCKET.MANY OF YOU DON'T KNOW BUT HE IS LETTING THE OIL RIGS DRILL WHERE THEY WANT TO.AND WHATS BUSH DOING HE SITTING BACK SAYIG DRILL DRILL DRILL MORE $$$$$$ IN MY POCKET.SO PEOPLE GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT.
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