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Truck Drivers Security, High Fuel Prices, and the Consumer

May
7,
2008
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According to some of the e-mails we receive, we have noticed many of you are  a bit hesitant in regards to choosing truck driving as a career.  I have written much about “making sure that truck driving is for you,”  which was in regards to a lifestyle that is only for certain  people and personality types, nothing to do with fuel prices.

If you are concerned about the fuel prices and job security, then you must know:

 There will always be trucking and trucking companies that need truck drivers. Period

This country depends on trucks to deliver goods more than any other means of transportation. It is the trucking companies  and owner operators who are taking the blunt end of the stick,  not the company drivers, (as far as fuel prices go anyway). The consumer also takes the beating because  fuel surcharges  are passed on to the shipper…which  means higher prices to the consumer. ( someone has to pay, right?)  Drivers still deal with other aspects  of  company nonsence.

Owner Operators are the ones who are  having the most difficult time with high cost of fuel. The only way they can come out of this with any profit is to also increase their surcharge to the  shipper,  same as the trucking companies. Problem is, this is easier said then done.

One trucking company  ( and also others) is attempting to alleviate the high fuel cost for owner operators and fleet owners by paying  them a fuel surcharge for both empty and loaded miles. If you think about it,  it’s  for the benefit of the companies as well as the owner operators and fleet owners. After all, when a trucking company contracts almost 3,000 owner operators and fleet owners across the country, they had better do something to compensate them……….or they won’t have their loads covered.

In the long run, as long as fuel surcharges cover the increased fuel prices, trucking should ( theoretically) go on as usual. The effects of the increased fuel prices, unfortunately, will be felt by the consumer……..in other words……all of us.

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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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2 Responses to Truck Drivers Security, High Fuel Prices, and the Consumer. - Post a Comment

  1. Steve Alexander

    WHY SHOULD THE TRUCKERS HAVE TO DO THE WORK FOR US!!!!!
    Help participate by sending this out to every person you know. Get the ball rolling on something that we as a global society need to address.

    IF YOU ARE TIRED OF PAYING A RIDICULOUS PRICE PER GALLON AT THE GAS PUMP PLEASE PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THIS MESSAGE.

    I am starting this e-protest as a reasonable means of reaching 300,000,000 Americans and at least as many of our global cousins.
    It is very simple……

    We as a global culture MUST WORK TOGETHER……

    This means that we must all AGREE to do one thing as a group…..

    Right now you are asking yourself HOW CAN I CHANGE THE PRICE OF GAS?

    Simple…. Join together and collectively act…..

    DO NOT BUY GAS FOR THE FIRST WEEK EACH MONTH!!!

    I am calling upon all individuals who purchase gas to not buy gas for one whole week each month.

    Fill up on the last week of the month and COMMIT to not buy gas or any products from a gas station from the 1st of each month to the 7th of each month.

    I know that I am asking for a huge change in your weekly lifestyle. It will mean carefully considering the number of miles that are absolutely necessary to drive in that week
    and not driving unless it is an absolute necessity.

    One more thing and this is THE big one. This will only work if every person who receives this message passes it along to every person on their email list.
    This is the most critical part. The average person has around 70 email addresses in their contact list, If every person I sent this to forwards it to their whole contact
    list that will be over 5000 people…..if these all forward it to about 70 people thats over 340,000 people, if these all participate it will be over 24,000,000 people.
    That is only after the third generation of emails if each of these 24,000,000 participate, that is almost 1.5 billion people.

    PLEASE DON’T DISCARD THIS EMAIL, SEND IT TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW, AND FOLLOW UP WITH THEM TO SEND IT TO EVERYONE THEY KNOW!

    I AM NOT ASKING FOR MORE THAN A COUPLE OF HOURS OF YOUR TIME. THIS IS A SMALL PRICE TO PAY TO PREVENT THE OIL COMPANIES FROM
    RAISING THE PRICE OF GAS TO MORE THAN THE HOURLY MINIMUM WAGE!!!!!

    If you are not sure just how this could work think about how much impact
    BIG OIL and THE FEDERAL GOVT. will feel if over 1,000,000 people stop buying their weekly gas just one week a month.

    If you are like the average consumer and you fill up just once a week at around $50.00 and you multiply this figure by 1 million,
    That’s 50 million dollars a month that hits hard immediately. Long term it’s over HALF A BILLION DOLLARS a year. Now suppose this happens over the course of three to four months,
    and the participation continued to escalate as I have outlined. The results would have to be in our favor. The number of gallons of fuel processed and delivered are carefully
    calculated by the oil companies based on the number of gallons sold in the previous months and years…
    If the fuel consumption goes down, the amount produced and on standby becomes a backlog situation…
    If there is a glut of fuel left over at the end of each month for a few months the Oil Companies have no choice but to lower the price to get the fuel moved!
    The result LOWER PRICES AT THE PUMP!!!!! IT”S HIGH TIME WE AS CITIZENS OF AN EMERGING GLOBAL SOCIETY
    STARTED TO PUT THESE COMPANIES ON NOTICE. WE ARE THE ONES WHO ULTIMATELY CONTROL THE MARKET BECAUSE WE ARE THE MARKET!!!!!!

    Please take this seriously We are only going to change the status quo if we refuse to let the suppliers dictate the rules.

    PLEASE COPY THIS POST AND FORWARD IT TO EVERY PERSON ON YOUR CONTACT LIST. PLEASE FOLLOW UP AND MAKE SURE EACH OF YOUR CONTACTS FORWARDS IT ALSO.

  2. admin

    Thanks for your response, Steve:
    The only exception I have with this is that the oil companies DO NOT set the price of fuel…..supply & demand does, but I have covered this before and will not do it again here. The main aspect that you have hit on is correct…..there is one sure way to drive down the cost of gas and that is for people to stop buying it…..but I’m afraid that this will be hard to accomplish, because the majority of people simply do not care….let’s hope this works, though.

    Thanks, Allen

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