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The trucking industry’s top issue is the price of diesel fuel



Little Rock, Arkansas – As diesel costs continue to rise, people are putting the brakes on buying gas, but for those who drive for a living, leaving the tank empty is not an option.

Drivers of trucks reported feeling the consequences. According to the American Transportation Research Institute, the trucking industry’s biggest issue right now is fuel prices.

“It’s just everything and you know we haul everything that, we haul the stuff that built the parking lot you know, so it is just really bad,” Truck driver Christopher Eaves said.

For more than four years, Christopher Eaves has been a truck driver, paying for gas.

“Every day I go through a half a tank which is about 170 gallons,” Eaves said.

Given the typical diesel prices in the state According to AAA, a gallon of gas costs $4.94, which for Eaves is $840 a day on Sunday.

“It’s just crazy,” Eaves stated. According to Eaves, some businesses are being forced to shut down or restructure their business models as a result of the high cost of diesel.

“We have to go out of the way, I’m taking these logs up to South Shore, Kentucky and instead of going straight through, we’ve got to go out of the way 20-30 miles just to save and fuel at our shop,” Eaves admitted.

Eaves predicted that as time goes on, the impact of gas station statistics will extend beyond only the driver.

trickling down to the customer, who purchases the goods the truck drivers are transporting.

“You know the fuel goes up and the people that see us driving down the highway that don’t know anything about it, you know they go to the store and food is doubling and they are like well why is this,” Eaves stated.

Mylon Hutchinson claimed that because fuel prices were so high, his old employer would deduct money from employees’ paychecks.

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