Buying fuel on run saves truckies
SIMPLY purchasing fuel elsewhere saves a local trucking business almost $1000 a week.
Jadon Transport owner Jason Mayer has two trucks driving anywhere between Melbourne and Brisbane and he said simply filling up in those capital cities rather than refuelling at Coffs Harbour made a world of difference to the bottom line of his business.
"$1.43 was the bowser price in Brisbane on Monday compared to $1.56 in Coffs Harbour on Tuesday," Mr Mayer said.
"I'm pretty sure fuel is now down around the $1.30 mark in Brisbane at the moment," he said.
"It's funny; I was just driving around Coffs to buy a coffee and I looked at the price and thought '$1.56, you're joking'.
"And here they are talking about Sydney being down to $1.20 next week."
Like other drivers on the Coffs Coast, Mr Mayer was stunned that the drop in the price of fuel enjoyed by Sydney drivers hadn't yet transferred to a drop in prices locally.
He pointed out that there were a lot of other drivers like him who were boosting the economies of other regions rather than supporting local businesses and their employees. By paying cheaper fuel prices, Jadon Transport adds more than $930 a week to its bottom line.
"You just can't afford to do it; that's the simple cold hard facts," the 39-year-old owner said.
On top of that, Jadon Trans- port dropped back a fortnight ago from having four trucks in its fleet to two.
"The margins just aren't there any more," Mr Mayer said.
"With the recession a couple of years ago, fuel prices and the fact that freight rates haven't moved, we've found it pretty tough and gone back to two trucks."
Mr Mayer said it would take a big drop in the price of diesel locally before the company he runs with his wife Donna would start thinking about buying more fuel at their home base in Coffs Harbour.
"I pay for my fuel as I go so they give me another two cents a litre off at BP in Brisbane whereas BP here gives us nothing," he said.
"The price here would have to be almost equivalent for me to buy fuel in Coffs.
"Every now and again we might put a splash in the tank in Coffs just to get us to Brisbane, but very rarely.
"We'll probably do it in Newcastle where it's $1.45," Mr Mayer said.