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ATAW Exclusive: Truckers Shutdown – April 1, 2008 – Get Your Taxes Out of My Fuel Tank!


Get Your Taxes Out of My Fuel Tank!

After much discussion here at ATAW Central Command, we have made an important decision.  We will be joining our trucking brothers and sisters – owner/operator and company driver alike – and will be parked April 1.  Do we think a shut down will change anything?  We still do not know.

It’s not enough that we just park our rigs –  make your downtime productive.  Starting Monday, March 31, email, fax and phone your congressmen, senators, the President and DoT’s Mary Peters (just tell her Juan is calling – she’ll probably take your call).  Let them know what you are doing and why you are doing it.  Call your state’s governor, your local representatiave – your local media outlets.  Call every day you are down.  Make them hear you!

We must get the attention of Washington, our state governments and the media.  A plausible, immediate solution to keep the American trucker rolling and the ecomony moving is critical.  Demand they suspend all fuel taxes on big trucks.  Demand they open up our own oil resources – domestic drilling NOW.  Oil is the lifeblood of our economy, oil is the lifeblood of our industry.  Demand more refineries build.  Get fuel prices down to a manageable and stable level.  We have the resources and the technology, we just don’t have the political will.  The leftist, environmentalist wackos have been louder than us – we MUST be louder than they are. 

We are all for conservation – turn off the lights, buy an APU for your truck to reduce idling time.  Research alternative energy sources such as hydrogen fuel cells and biodiesel, ethonol – non of which are viable – yet.  Until they are a viable alternative, the reality is we rely on oil.  Oil is our friend. 


White House:  Comments:   202-456-1111
Switchboard: 202-456-1414
FAX:             202-456-2461

US Senate: to find your senator, visit
                     Switchboard: 202-224-3121

US House: to find your represenative, visit
                    Switchboard: 202-224-3121

US Department of Transportation:   Switchboard:  202-366-4000


(Video – “Soldiers of the Highway” performed by Truck It Records’ Joey Holiday.  Joey’s kicked off the 2008 tour season this weekend at the Mid America Truck Show in Louisville, Kentucky.  For complete tour schedule, click here.)


March 29, 2008 Posted by | economy, Technology, trucking | , , , , , , | 20 Comments