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.