Truckers protest fuel prices in Pa.

March 31, 2008 8:26:40 AM PDT
Pennsylvania's truck drivers are urging lawmakers in Harrisburg to cut state taxes on fuel.

More than 100 truckers and others rallied on the steps of the Capitol on Monday as some drivers circled the block in the truck cabs and honked their horns.

Protest organizer Mark Kirsch says truckers are getting squeezed by high diesel fuel costs, while consumers are also seeing higher prices at the pump and in their home heating bills.

Kirsch is an independent truck driver from Myerstown in Lebanon County.

Fuel taxes in Pennsylvania amount to 32 cents a gallon for gasoline and 38 cents a gallon for diesel.

State Transportation Department spokesman Rich Kirkpatrick says the state needs the revenue from those taxes to repair its roads and bridges.