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Picture It: Truckers Unite to Put Brakes on Runaway Fuel Costs

Photo of the Day: With diesel prices hitting $4 per gallon, a big group of road warriors assembled this weekend in Pennsylvania. In addition to the fuel costs, the plan to privatize the Pennsylvania Turnpike, which will affect the tolls on I-80, heavily influences big rigs traveling across the country. One of the group's spokesmen said, “Every freight that travels across Interstate 80 is paying $100 more.”

The rally of truckers turned out to organize a convoy to drive I-81 on March 31 to raise awareness of the effect that diesel prices have on us all. The eventual goal is a convoy to Washington, DC.


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Cassandra57 Cassandra57 9 years
hypnoticmix, I have truckers in the family, too. Fuel costs are mostly a problem with supply and demand. Tolls, though, are another thing entirely. One of the few things I consider fundamental for government is maintaining key infrastructure, like roads. I'm mortally offended by toll roads and paid express lanes. The privatization of existing, public-built roads, is even more outrageous.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
For money and environmental reasons I don't feel that a convoy to D.C. is in everyone's best interest. However, they are in a unique position being not the back bone but the very spinal cord if you will carrying freight to its destination is a leverage that not many protesters have and a leverage that I am sure congress won't waist any time taking notice of. My father was a freight driver for 34yrs. and as simplistic as the task may seem there is a great wisdom gained when one traverses the country for over three decades meeting and talking to people literally from every walk of life imaginable. My father worked hard so that I would not have to bother myself with such a hard life, but I'll be honest I often fantasize of being out there on the road adventure as my path.
stephley stephley 9 years
Why spend the money on a convoy to Washington? Why not just park the trucks on the side of the road all over the country for a day - let everyone see their protest and get a sense of how they could slow everything down. Washington's seen truck protests before...
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I had no idea women truckers were so hot.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
Uh-oh, Rubber Duck, looks like we got Smokies in the air! Time for a Convoy!
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