Bits and Pieces

Friday, April 30, 2004


Two big-rig trucks are blocking all northbound lanes of the Santa Ana (I-5) Freeway north of Washington Boulevard in Commerce, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Fox 11 is reporting that the trucks were stopped intentionally by the drivers in a protest over the high cost of fuel and that truckers intend to block other freeways as well.
(Hat tip: Kevin Drum)

As I mentioned a while back, petrol prices over this side of the pond are 4 times higher than in the US. Even accounting for the longer driving distances caused by the size of the country, you guys come out laughing. The only situation in which US truckers would pay more than UK truckers would be if they were regularly making East coast - West coast deliveries of cargo of little value - and if that's the case then maybe they should rethink their strategy.

What baffles me (and Kevin) is that truckers are blocking highways in protest. As seen last time truckers blocked ferry ports between England and France, prolonged blockades impeding movement of the public achieves nothing and erodes public sympathy.
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