High Gas Prices May Force Fleets to Add Surcharges
BAXTER, AR – Many service, repair, and basic delivery fleets may begin to pass higher fuel costs onto consumers in the form of higher rates or higher prices on goods. For instance, IESI Corp., a solid waste management company that does business in eight states, has added a floating surcharge to monthly bills to customers, according to a report in the Baxter Bulletin.
In another example, Super Shuttle operates 141 vans and small buses for airport transportation in and around Washington, D.C. The company’s basic prices are set by airport and state regulators. Drivers lose hundreds of dollars a week as gas prices rise. The independent contractors who drive the shuttles hope more people will get out of their cars and into shuttles to help offset increasing fuel expenditures, according to a NBC News affiliate in Washington, D.C.
The city of Elizabethton, Tenn., said combined fuel costs for March will exceed $20,000, the highest monthly bill ever, according to a report in the Elizabethton Star.
Municipal governments are exempt from state and federal taxes on motor vehicle fuel. The city received a low bid of $1.3775 for gasoline and $1.54 for diesel fuel for the month of March. That price could jump by as much as 25 cents, according to the report.