Overdrive Extra

Todd Dills

More striking drivers

| February 17, 2009

a href=”http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5j8IIKbeFvf0RRiRCYKSmsyi3VoMg”img id=”BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5303777886097083874″ style=”FLOAT: right; MARGIN: 0px 0px 10px 10px; WIDTH: 200px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 133px” alt=”" src=”http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ez6JTnOl_tQ/SZrN4wRjjeI/AAAAAAAAANU/w_tJi9HF3WI/s200/mex.jpg” border=”0″ //aFollowing a large, somewhat successful fuel-price strike a href=”http://channel19.blogspot.com/2009/01/diesels-not-down-everywhere.html”by Indian truck drivers in January/a, yesterday an estimated 500,000 Mexican truck and bus drivers staged a one-day shutdown in an attempt to get the government to reduce fuel prices from “$0.50 per liter ($1.90 per gallon), to its January 2008 price of $0.42 per liter ($1.60 per gallon),” a href=”http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5j8IIKbeFvf0RRiRCYKSmsyi3VoMg”AFP reported/a.br /br /Led in part by the 70,000-member National Agriculture Transport Workers Union, AFP reported, the shutdown came with threats of further, longer shutdowns absent a meeting with union members. There was no word from the government as of Tuesday morning.br /br /In the U.S., the Associated Press reported on the strange dynamic that has West Texas-extracted crude at quickly falling price levels and, good news for truckers concerned with the gas/diesel price differential, gasoline prices on the upswing. Turns out that, a href=”http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/article/20090216/NEWS/902150257/1007?Title=Price_of_crude_oil_is_cheaper___so_why_isn_t_gas_”according to AP/a, most gasoline is produced from lower-quality overseas crude, making transport and refining costs more impactive cost variables. Go figure.br /br /li class=”social-digg”a onclick=”window.open(‘http://digg.com/submit?phase=2amp;url=’+encodeURIComponent(location.href)+’amp;title=’+encodeURIComponent(document.title), ‘digg’); return false;” href=”http://digg.com/submit”Digg/a/lili class=”social-facebook”a onclick=”window.open(‘http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=’+encodeURIComponent(location.href)+’amp;title=’+encodeURIComponent(document.title),’facebook’); return false;” href=”http://www.facebook.com/share.php”facebook/a/lidiv class=”blogger-post-footer”Channel 19 is the blog version of the column of the same name featured in Overdrive: The Voice of the American Trucker. Todd Dills (tdills@rrpub.com) is its author./div

  • Paul

    Nice article. I foresee some of this having the potential to spread upward into my region sometime in the future. Take care out there everyone.

  • Todd Dills

    Thanks, Paul — it’s interested to see all of this continuing to happen worldwide in countries where the government has much more control over the price than here in the U.S. Diesel’s always been cheaper in Mexico than in the U.S., I think, and until last year’s fuel spike was a little cheaper in India as well, though closer to the same price than in Mexico. While we’ve dropped significantly since the fall, it seems like these countries’ drivers’ fuel prices have been more stable, and somewhat higher than normal, throughout.

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