Truckers Waiting For Work

As the nation's economy worsens, more and more truckers are finding themselves idling outside truckstops, waiting for work.
On April 22, there were trucks at the TravelCenters of America in Branford with license plates from at least 32 states and two Canadian provinces, the Assocated Press reports.
As manufacturing slows, fewer people and fewer goods are moving. That means more trucks than ever are parked for longer periods of time between loads.
But its the truckers, themselves, who are feeling the biggest pinch. They're dealing with higher diesel and insurance prices, increasing tolls and higher living expenses. The recession also comes at a time when the per-mile price shippers are willing to pay is often lower than it was 20 or 30 years ago.
"In 1960, I was making $1.10 to $1.20 per mile -- and fuel was 50 cents a gallon," Bob Cota, a Nashville trucker, tells the AP.


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