Fuel price putting family on the ropes

Dear Editor,

I find prices of fuel to be the issue now. My husband and I decided a year ago to become owner/operators, tired of being laid off from other occupations. We took whatever money we had and stuck it in this business.

Now I feel we made a mistake. We’ve children to feed and bills that are coming out of our ears. When the diesel went up, ouch! That really hurt. There was not much work in January and February.

We’ve tried long haul, but were paying out more in tolls and U.S. exchange than we were bringing in as revenue. Now it’s back to local work.

It’s difficult to live on $1,500 every two weeks, with a truck payment and fuel, maintenance, repairs and licence stickers.

It would really help if fuel went down. It would help if we didn’t have to pay seven per cent insurance on company revenue. It would really help if the company would pay 85 per cent of revenue instead of 70 per cent. It would really help if companies would pay empty miles.

E. Colcock

Port Colborne, Ont.

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