Truck drivers are among those who pay more to fill up their tanks due to rising fuel costs.
AAA reported Monday night that regular unleaded gasoline in Arizona averaged $3.73 per gallon, while diesel prices are only $4 per gallon. This is $1.55 more than last.
ABC15 interviewed Tim Klaus, the owner of TDK Transportation while he was driving goods across the country. He is originally from Missouri and rides frequently through Arizona.
Customers pay him to transport their goods. As diesel prices continue to rise, he says he must raise his rates.
“I said, “I have to increase my rates, I’m Sorry,” and they beg me to not, because after transportation costs, there’s very little left to sell their product. Klaus stated, “They just make it.” “I offer my loads months in advance, so it’s very difficult to figure out what the fuel price will be. It has to rise, I told my clients. It’s a loss of three- to four hundred dollars for each load of potential profit.”
Tony Bradley, President of Arizona Trucking Association says they are monitoring the issue closely. He said that the higher fuel prices will result in more store items.
Bradley stated, “As long as those prices are high, obviously consumers will pay more because we have higher fuel prices.”