Truckers Stop Trucking for 'April Fuel's Day'

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Some truck drivers are actually calling today 'April Fuel's Day' because of the highest diesel prices in history.

Truckers across the country are on a one-day strike to protest rising fuel costs. They say it's time for a change.

"Why am I going on strike? To get the fuel prices down," independent truck Fred Korey said. " To get the freight prices up or the fuel prices down -- one or the two."

Trucker Tom Brown says he spends between a $1,000 to $1,200 when he fills up his truck.

Truckers in Pennsylvania formed a convoy and circled the state capitol with horns blaring, sending a message to the governor and state lawmakers that diesel fuel prices are too high.

"It's getting too ridiculous out here. Drivers out here they need some representation," Korey said.

With diesel fuel over $4 a gallon, many truckers are having a hard time making ends meet. independent truckers say they're not being fairly compensated for the high price of fuel.

Like Brown, with the current diesel prices, it can cost a trucker about $1,200 to fill up a big rig - something trucker Bob Farmer knows all too well.

"Forty-seven percent of my income is going out in fuel alone, but rates are not coming up. Everybody's frustrated," he said.

The impact of higher diesel prices is huge. Trucks carry 3/4 of all goods shipped in the country. That means higher costs for consumers.

"You can't afford to keep, house family, you can't afford to operate your car," Korey said. "Milk has gone up, bread is going up."

To save fuel, companies are ordering drivers to slow down. Drivers say by doing so, they can at least slow down the transporting process without getting into trouble with the law.

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Charlene Israel

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