Pasco rally against diesel fuel prices

May 10, 2008 Read more: WTSP Tampa Bay 12
Hundreds of commercial truck drivers packed a high school gymnasium Saturday evening to sound off on, and look for solutions to, the soaring diesel price problem. Read more

Since: Apr 08

Riverview, FL

#1 May 10, 2008
Hundreds? You mean dozens. These guys are locals and they are leased to the cheapest outfits in the bay area.Here is a clue,stop hauling the garbage they are ofering,turn it down.Stop being a sap.
Pat

United States

#2 May 11, 2008
Hi Y'all. I went to the meeting in New Port Richey yesterday and they had a nice turn out of about 100 O/O and even 4 brokers showed up. Senator Fasano was there and so was Matt Ubben, vice president of the Florida Trucking Ass. The man that was invited from the Florida Petroleum Council, Mr David Mika was a no show! He chickened out late Friday night, lol. Senator Paula Dockery was also invited to attend, but declined. Remember that the next time you VOTE! We vote them into office, and we can darn sure vote them OUT!
Robert Solfio of Big Tiger Trucking was the man that called for this meeting, and pulled all the O/O's together with the invited guests. Great job Robert! It was heart breaking to hear the stories of what is happening to all these people. Several were asked by Robert for a show of hands from anyone that knew of or if they themselves had trouble making ends meet. EVERYONE there raised their hands. Companies that owned more then one truck were also polled by Robert. He asked them to stand up and tell us all how many trucks they owned and how many were still working/running. The answered varied, but it was clear to see the number of trucks that are now parked because the price of fuel has left them no other choice. One gentleman had 21 trucks, and only 7 were running today. Another gentleman said he had 7 and only 2 were working. It went on and on. We all could relate to their misery and hard times.
I was not impressed with the answers that Senator Fasano gave. Yeah, he said he's going back to Tallahassee and see what he could do. He told us that he wasn't even aware of the fuel surcharge until he recently rented a car and saw he was charged a fuel surcharge himself. HELLO!! I honestly believe that our politicians of today are so out of touch with the working man & woman. They are clueless! I have made it my intentions to educate then one at a time of that is what it takes!
Toward the end of the meeting, I had Dan Little, President & CEO of OOU Inc. <Owner Operators Inc> on my cell phone. He had a few questions for the Senator, lol. I handed my phone to Robert and he held it to the mike. Dan first off, thanked everyone that had showed up for the meeting. The room got dead quiet. A lot of the guys there didn't know who Dan Little was, but they listened with great interest at what he had to ask the Senator. He asked him if he'd be willing to drop all state and federal taxes, on fuel, and a few more questions he fired at the Senator who quickly turned to the guy from the Fla. Trucking Ass. <lol> He totally ignored what Dan was asking HIM. Dan asked the Senator if he would be willing to stand up for the truckers and show his support. After a 5 second lull, a man from the crowd shouted out, "well, he's not standing up"! I had to LOL! Then the Senator finally stood up only to say he didn't understand one word Dan has said. HA! I asked almost everyone there if they could hear Dan on the phone. Every single one of them told me, he was as clear as a bell. Maybe the Senator needs to get his ears checked!?? Could it be that he was just doing the Florida two-step? Now this man who said he would help us out, was turning tail and running away from the questions we all wanted an answer to. Like I said, we vote these people in and we will vote them out if they can't do the job! They are "suppose" to represent US, the people and our wishes as a whole. What a joke that is huh?
For those of you that do not know who Dan Little is, let me tell you. He is the man from Missouri that started this whole shutdown on April 1st, 2008. He's an owner of a cattle hauling company. He is the one that got this ball rolling and I choose to stand along side of this man because he wants to see BIG changes in this industry.

Since: Apr 08

Riverview, FL

#3 May 11, 2008
If your're waiting for the government to bail you out,your're nuts! It's simple,quit hauling for less than it costs to operate.
HUH

Smyrna, GA

#4 May 11, 2008
stardog wrote:
Hundreds? You mean dozens. These guys are locals and they are leased to the cheapest outfits in the bay area.Here is a clue,stop hauling the garbage they are ofering,turn it down.Stop being a sap.
HELLOOOOOO! I said there were about 100 NOT hundreds of people there. I attended the meeting. Did you? Bud, I don't know you and you don't know me, but I will tell you right now that those folks that are trying to do something are O/O too! They are hurting just like the rest of us. I am sorry for you that you do not have the comapassion to help anyone that tries to help themselves. I went there to support their efforts and to listen to what the Senator had to say. I was surprised to even see him there. I talked to him one on one and he listened to what I had to say. Granted, I left that meeting feeling like it was a snow job from the Senator, but was nice to see that he actually came out. Did you?
You critize them because they are "locals"? I used run local too. Does that make me not worth the time to lend a hand in a time of need?? Hon, if you don't want to be part of the solution, please don't become part of the problem by trying to divide the men & women that are trying to make a change. What have you done? Huh?
Happy Trails Y'all,
Pat
HUH

Smyrna, GA

#5 May 11, 2008
stardog, I am not waiting on anyone in our government to bail me out. I am determined to make changes to the laws that are crippling us now, or don't exsist. As for hauling freight, I had a good job with a dedicated LOCAL run. It was a great job when I started it over 2 years ago. The pay was good and the folks I dealt with were a wonderful bunch of people to work with. I had my truck leased to a good company in Lakeland. When the fuel began to skyrocket, the rates didn't. I was getting a fuel surcharge but it was only for loaded miles. By April, I said it was no longer worth it, and parked my truck. So you see, I did just that! I quit hauling the freight because it wasn't profitable any longer. I miss working with those folks, but I have to live too.

Why are you so angry anyways? What have you done during these hard times? You doing ok?

Pat
HUH

Smyrna, GA

#6 May 11, 2008
Okay, I read the story and saw that same woman at the meeting. Guess she didn't pay very close attention. There were about 100 people that showed up, NOT hundreds like she stated. Secondly, the meeting was held in the cafeteria and NOT the gym. Sheesh! They'll let anyone become a reporter now a days, lol I don't watch ch 10 anyways. Maybe that's why. They can't seem to get the facts right. Thanks for showing up though.
Ann

Clearwater, FL

#7 May 12, 2008
Don't feel bad about the facts in the story, HUH, the media in general is notorious for getting things wrong. It's like they try to get facts wrong on purpose. Every news story I have read in the newspaper where I knew anyone who was personally involved (so that I was privy to some of the information) had some facts completely wrong. There doesn't seem to be any more of the journalistic integrity I was taught eons ago in my journalism class in high school.

Since: Apr 08

Riverview, FL

#8 May 12, 2008
HUH wrote:
stardog, I am not waiting on anyone in our government to bail me out. I am determined to make changes to the laws that are crippling us now, or don't exsist. As for hauling freight, I had a good job with a dedicated LOCAL run. It was a great job when I started it over 2 years ago. The pay was good and the folks I dealt with were a wonderful bunch of people to work with. I had my truck leased to a good company in Lakeland. When the fuel began to skyrocket, the rates didn't. I was getting a fuel surcharge but it was only for loaded miles. By April, I said it was no longer worth it, and parked my truck. So you see, I did just that! I quit hauling the freight because it wasn't profitable any longer. I miss working with those folks, but I have to live too.
Why are you so angry anyways? What have you done during these hard times? You doing ok?
Pat
I'm not angry i'm just saying things truckers don't want to address.I only haul profitable loads.Yes i am,thank you.

“"NOBODY GETS OUT ALIVE"”

Since: Mar 08

THE Q

#9 May 12, 2008
We're ALL DICKED!!!!!!!!!!
sbmwr100

United States

#10 May 12, 2008
I love it when people like stardog equate the whole problem to their personal situation. It is not the price of fuel it is everyone and everything else. People like stardog are part of the problem. Get off your fortunate ass and lend a helping hand to your comrades. I thought truckers stood by their fellow drivers. How does anyone think anything will ever get accomplished in this country if we can't band together.
Jgarnertruckin1

United States

#11 Mar 6, 2013
I choose stardogs theory of screw them with there cheap rates I'll stay home and let chico burn up his fuel and tires just to work I can work at home for free and it doesn't cost me .haven't seen a shutdown yet and don't think I will see one but I'll park when you other chicken shits do
Jgarnertruckin1

United States

#12 Mar 6, 2013
If you don't haul it the price will go up

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