OOIDA member tells newspaper about effect of fuel prices on truckers

| 3/19/2003

OOIDA member Gerald Pitre was recently quoted in a press report describing the effects of high fuel prices on owner-operators.

The Jennings, LA, trucker was featured in a story by The Beaumont Enterprise in Texas headlined “Priced to the limit.” He told the newspaper that if fuel prices rise to $2 per gallon, he’d have to park his rig.

“Not only me, but there are a whole lot of drivers who’ll go down,” he said. “It’s hurting like crazy.”

Pitre also told The Enterprise what the effect of that would be on the general population.

“If owner-operators were to shut down, the country would shut down in 48 to 72 hours,” he said. “The general public doesn’t realize, but we’re the ones who bring the groceries, the clothes, the automobiles.”

Pitre’s comments were printed in the newspaper’s March 13 edition.