Diesel is at an all-time high due to rising oil prices, causing independent truck drivers to worry about their future in the business. Other industry professionals worry this will only exacerbate supply chain issues.
Higher gas prices are hitting truck drivers so hard, are likely to continue to rise, affecting consumers in the long run with shipping costs increasing on top of already spiking inflation.
This is the highest fuel price they have seen in about 12 years for many of these truck drivers.
Diesel, which is close to $5 a gallon and costs over $800 per charge directly hits the pockets of truck drivers.
An independent Las Vegas driver, Michael Crowell, says he has seen higher prices than elsewhere. "They affect the way we live now," Crowell said. According to Crowell, the jump in fuel costs has reduced profits by at least 25 percent. "Our profits are declining, and we make almost no money from here because fuel prices are rising," he said.
Dijore Seshie, who owns trucks, said they have already had to pass on some of those costs to the companies they drive. "You have to either give up your job and stop driving or find a new job, and quite often, this is not a solution at all. So we have to keep hoping things will return to normal and prices will fall, "said Seshie.
Truck drivers say this issue must be addressed, whether through fuel tax holidays or other means, so that they can continue to transport goods across the country and locally.