Some of the contractors in town (Alice Springs, NT, Australia-smack dab in the middle of the country) charge for jobs in town are the flat labour rate plus parts (no fuel charge), but go more than 20km out of town, its an additional AU$2.00/km. So for a job 200km out of town, the additonal charge is $2.00 (per km rate) x2 (ya gotta get back to town)x (200-20) (distance the odometer in the truck says)=$720.00. Not bad money, hey?
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$3.50 a US gallon is the normal price here, and even higher in the UK. At the pump price had escalated 20% in the weeks before the N.O. storm. Due to the price hike in the US due to refinery shortages, (and that European pump prices are largely tax), fleets of tankers carrying products from European refineries will be heading your way shortly, which should stabilise your prices. My experience of shortage-induced price shocks though, ( sugar, pepper, coffee, gas), is that the price never falls back entirely to the previous level- supplying fuel at the pump is never a high margin business and the bean counters will want to retain the better margins after the dust settles. Alan
Right now I'm just glad if I can find gas. In Atlanta yesterday everyone overreacted to a rumor spread by email and rushed the gas stations. I waited for 30 minutes to pay $3.49 for regular and was glad to do it. We made all our trucks fill up before coming in. The result was that now about 1/2 of the stations are out of gas completely. I think the stations will be back up in a day or 2, but if not it could cripple our business.