ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – For independent contract truckers like Walter Munoz, every mile, gallon and pit stop counts. He expressed his concerns about the rise in the price of diesel across the country and its impact on him.
“Charge rates remain the same but the price of diesel increases,” Munoz explained.
With stagnant rates and rising prices, Munoz said he needs to be more selective about what jobs he takes and where he hauls. He said especially when his profit margin is getting thinner and thinner.
“About $800 a day, so you’re looking at about $4,000 (a week) just in diesel – If I can’t get a charge that will cover that, then I have to take it out of my pocket,” Munoz said.
Although the price in Texas is not as severe as in neighboring states, some pumps in California fetched about seven dollars a gallon according to Gasbuddy.com.
This increase is due to a lack of supply. Statistics of the Energy Information Agency found that the United States is at its lowest supply of diesel since 2007. If more cannot be brought in soon, it may not just be diesel drivers who are affected
“If you look at it that way, if we run out of diesel, those trucks don’t move and you can’t get product in the store, so that’s a big deal,” Munoz said.