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There apparently seems to be some miss-understanding to this issue. The fuel surcharge was created after the '73 trucker strike. This legislated the person paying the fuel bill was to receive the fuel surcharge, only it was neglected to protect the person payin the fuel bill with transparency to ensure they weren't getting robbed. These TRUCC bills corrects that mistake from '73.
To compare this issue with retail sales is ridiculous. This is an issue of companies and brokers keeping a portion, or all, of a charge which is dedicated to the person paying the fuel cost.
As for negotiating...obviously these statements are made by someone who is not truely educated in the trucking industry. Negotiating will only be initiated when a broker is unable to get someone to haul the load for the ridiculous rate he's offering. Unless truckers unite, negotiating a rate will be left to the specialty division of this industry.
Safe Trails and God Bless,
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