Trucker Strike Fizzles for Now

Drivers stay on road, despite high gas prices
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 1, 2008 2:11 PM CDT
Truckers gather and listen to speakers during a truck drivers rally to protest high fuel prices at the Gables truck stop in Harrisburg, Pa., Saturday, March 22, 2008.    (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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(Newser) – Most trucks kept rolling today, despite plans for a strike protesting spiking diesel prices. Independent truck-drivers had discussed staying off the roads, reports CNNMoney, but only sporadic shutdowns have been reported. "We've heard from a lot of members who have no intention of participating," says a spokeswoman for the Owner-Operators Independent Drivers Association.

But one independent driver says he thinks thousands are participating. "We may not see (the impact) until the middle of the week. But we'll see it," says Matt Turner, who runs a website that called for a shutdown. Others, meanwhile, predicted tightening profit margins would continue to drive truckers away. "Guys who have a mechanical problem, if they go down, they don't have the cash reserves to fix it and keep rolling," said one trucker. (Read more truckers stories.)