The threat of a trucker strike and fuel
, has caused lengthy lines at gas stations
in the area.
According to media reports, cars were lined
up at filling stations in the area after word of a pending shortage and
truckers parking their rigs caused a public panic.
“We just came by one of the local stations a
while ago, and I’d guess there were 10 or 15 cars in line there,” said Jim
Clemmons, a trucker and OOIDA member from
Land Line was unable to confirm the presence of a
strike as of press time, but has received tips from drivers who report a
word-of-mouth campaign in the tri-state area for drivers to park their trucks
until reasonable fuel prices and a surcharge are brought into play.
“It’s mostly independent truckers that can’t
afford to run trucks with the fuel prices the way they are, the taxes, the
(lack of) fuel surcharges, rhetoric, red tape and paperwork,” driver Dwight
Kirby told “Land Line Now.”
According to WHNT-TV in
, one source said the fear of a trucking
strike was sparked by outlandish fuel prices.
“There’s no official word right now,” the
source said. “I think it’s just that right now, a rumor caught on and spread
A reporter with the Daily Times said about a half-dozen gas
stations in the area briefly ran out of gas because of the panic buying.
However, Jonathan Edwards, spokesperson for
Edwards Oil Co. in
, said his business has not
seen a decrease in supply.
“I don’t know what’s going on, but we have
gas and we’re open,” Edwards told the Times
Talk of other strike efforts has also
sprouted up around the country. About 15 trucks were spotted parked along
Highway 24 near
, on Thursday, sporting signs with slogans
like “Boycott Diesel.”
A petition titled “Support
’s Truckers” has also begun to circulate,
listing a woman named Marie in
, as its instigator.
– By Aaron
Ladage, staff writer