More convoys, shutdowns planned by truckers to protest high diesel prices

| Monday, April 14, 2008

Across the country, truckers are uniting to make their voices heard by organizing shutdowns, rallies and convoys aimed at garnering national mainstream attention to soaring fuel prices and low freight rates.

In Indiana, truckers are planning to convoy to the Capitol in Indianapolis on April 18 to protest high diesel prices and get politicians’ attention.

The organizers of the truck convoy that circled around the Capitol building in Harrisburg, PA, on March 31, have decided to stage another convoy on Monday, April 28 – this time to Washington, DC – to protest high fuel prices.

“Drivers and citizens are tired of paying high fuel costs all across the country,” wrote OOIDA member Michael “JB” Schaffner in an e-mail to Land Line on April 11. “We are standing up together to make a difference.”

At least 50 Maine truckers plan to roll to DC later this month, too. Media outlets reports that Belinda Raymond of the Coalition to Lower Fuel Prices said her group is aiming to get 100 or more trucks to participate in the national event on April 28.

Port haulers who protested high diesel fuel prices and the fact they weren’t getting 100 percent of the fuel surcharge on April 3, have planned another action. It is scheduled for May 1, according to one of the organizers. Some port truckers who deliver in and out of the nation’s ports on the East, West and Gulf Coasts are planning to participate.

– By Clarissa Kell-Holland, staff writer
clarissa_kell-holland@landlinemag.com

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