Rising diesel prices take toll on local truckers

By Brandon Richards - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, La (KPLC-TV) – The rising price of diesel is causing a lot of pain for local trucking companies.

The price of a gallon of diesel averaged $3.77 on Monday, up one cent from last week, 34 cents from last month and nearly one dollar from last year.

Because the big rigs they operate run on diesel, trucking companies have had to shell out more money to gas-up their vehicles.

James Gobert, owner and president of Lake City Trucking in Lake Charles, said it costs him well over $900 to fill-up just one of his 35 trucks.

"When you're only getting five to six miles per gallon, it takes quite a bit of fuel to operate," said Gobert.

Gobert said his company has tried to absorb most of the costs; however Lake City Trucking has had to implement a fuel surcharge. He said his clients understand his position.

"We've become a lot more selective on the trips and the loads that we take because of the cost of fuel," said Gobert. "We have been trying to concentrate on more local work because we don't use up as much fuel."

Gobert hopes gas prices fall.

In the meantime, he's focused on providing the same service his clients have come to expect.

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