If you are grumbling at how much it costs to fill the gas tank of your car, SUV or pick up, think what it costs to fill the tank on a semi. Diesel fuel continues to increase right along with regular and ethanol blend gasoline. Larry Johnson is president of the Nebraska Trucking Association and says trucking companies and owner-operators are feeling the pinch.
Johnson stated there was an 8.7-cent increase in the price of diesel last week. That is 41-cents higher than one year ago. The American Trucking Association estimates that if 715-million gallons of diesel is used a week, that 8.7-cent increase amounts to $62.2-million more trucking companies or owner operators paid at the pump.
Johnson says the fuel tank on some over-the-road semi’s can hold 350 gallons and they can go through that pretty fast. He says estimates show most trucks get around 7 or 8 miles-per-gallon. It can cost upwards of $1,600 to fill up. Many trucking companies and shippers agree to a fuel surcharge where they share the increased fuel cost. However, some shippers are now putting a stop to their portion of the fuel surcharge and that is putting trucking companies in a bigger bind.