Quebec truckers are hitting the road in protest of the rising cost of fuel and to call on the provincial government to intervene to help their bottom line.
The problem goes beyond gasoline topping $2 per litre while diesel sits above $2.40 at the pumps in Montreal, though. There is also the high price of other expenses associated with the job.
“The insurance of vehicles went up. The (license) plates went up,” said truck driver Miguel Biurrarena on Monday morning.
The Association nationale des camionneurs artisans (ANCAI), which represents truckers who work in bulk transportation, said in a statement the province’s current transport rates are “completely disconnected from reality.”
The association claims that its members lost $0.60 per liter of fuel during the month of March and that every hour worked is a loss.
The situation is “untenable” and puts small transportation companies’ survival at risk, according to ANCAI. That is why truckers are taking to protesting outside the Transport Ministry and provincial politicians’ offices across Quebec.
“Truckers calling for the Transport Ministry bulk rates to be increased to reflect actual 2022 costs as a matter of urgency,” the association said.
Quebec’s Transport Ministry said in a statement it is “aware of the issues facing this sector and is in constant communication with its partners to remain proactive in finding solutions.”
“The ministry is currently analyzing short- and medium-term avenues to support truckers in this exceptional context of rising fuel prices,” the department said.
— with files from The Canadian Press
Truck drivers struggle with high cost of fuel
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