W.V. Truckers Protest Fuel Prices

By: Lawrence Messina - Associated Press Writer
By: Lawrence Messina - Associated Press Writer

Horns blaring, dozens of West Virginia truckers fed up with high fuel costs have converged on the state Capitol in protest.

More than 60 rigs rumbled off Interstate 64/77 Friday morning and pulled up to the seat of state government to demand relief.

Governor Manchin's legislative director planned to speak to the protesters.

Both diesel and unleaded gasoline per-gallon prices remain within two cents of state record highs hit last month.

States taxes account for 31.5 cents in those prices, ranking West Virginia within the top 13 nationwide for both diesel and gas tax rates. But those taxes provide 61 percent of the state's revenue for its main road fund.

Truckers have taken to the roads throughout the country for similar protests all week.

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