Truckers in Minnesota are now paying $1,000 to fill their 200-gallon fuel tanks. John Hausladen President of the Minnesota Trucking Association says the price for a gallon of diesel in Minnesota averages $5-a-gallon:
“This is incredibly high. This is a serious issue for trucking companies to manage because fuel at these new prices has become our number one cost jumping over labor costs. And the challenge with trucking companies are while we can recover some of this from our customers we only pick up about 60-to-70 percent of that price increase through surcharges.”
Hausladen is calling on the Biden administration to help bring the prices down. He says the trucking association has always supported funding for infrastructure maintenance and improvements so a gas tax holiday could damage those efforts. Hausladen says there need to be permanent reforms that benefit truck drivers.