Truckers plan shutdown to protest fuel costs, traffic

By: (Portsmouth-AP)
By: (Portsmouth-AP)

Some port truckers in Hampton Roads are trying to organize a shut down today and tomorrow to protest fuel prices, low pay, delays and construction-related traffic congestion around Portsmouth Marine Terminal.
The Virginian-Pilot reports that truck drivers are spreading the
word to independent truckers by flier and C-B radio to park their
trucks for the next two days.
Independent truckers handle about 80 percent of the cargo that
moves through Hampton Roads every day. Port officials were working
yesterday to resolve a couple of the issues concerning truckers.
But officials with Virginia International Terminals and the
Hampton Roads Maritime Association didn't want to comment about
either the possible shut down or steps they were taking to deal
with it.
The local action follows similar protests by port drivers in
California, upset about problems there and the average cost of
diesel fuel now hitting nearly a dollar-72 nationwide.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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