Truckers plan boycott to protest fuel prices

Truckers plan a fuel boycott Friday at Exit 72 on the west side of Interstate 5 in Chehalis to protest high fuel prices.

Anyone else interested can participate by following the signs, an organizer said. Organizers will begin parking vehicles at 4:30 a.m. and continue throughout the day.

Sherrie Bond, owner of Bond Trucking in Chehalis, said in a news release that high fuel costs are causing financial hardships for drivers, who are spending more than $1,000 to fill their tanks. She added that they're also affecting consumers, leading to increased prices for goods.

"Many southwest Washington families were devastated by the December floods, and now those same families are struggling to stay in business," Bond said. "It's not just the truckers that are on the cusp of bankruptcy. The fuel surge impacts the tire shops, parts stores, grocers, feed stores ... Everything that is transported is rising in price and out of the reach of consumers."

Online reporter April Chan writes for The Olympian. She can be reached at 360-754-4229 or achan@theolympian.com.