Passing on Gas Prices to Consumers

Barry Smith
Barry Smith

HONOLULU (KHNL) --- Even if you don't drive a car, the sky rocketing price of gas still affects your pocketbook. Businesses that depend on gas to transport the products you consume everyday have to pass on the cost to you.

The time when we all see one hundred dollar gasoline bills, may not be far away. But for one group of drivers, that time is already here.

"I pay about a hundred sixty now, " Said Barry Smith who drives a truck for American Carpet One. He added, "A year ago, it would probably cost me about one twenty or forty dollars more than now for a tank full."

Truck Drivers like him have a small gas tank compared to the big rigs many others drive.

The prices they're used to paying, believe it or not, get passed on to us.

Wong's Meat Market is one of the largest meat suppliers on Oahu.

The company's president tells us when gas prices go up, delivery companies have no choice but to charge us.

"In order for us to survive as a business venture in Hawaii, we need to pass it on to the consumers," said Calvin Wong.

If you don't eat meat products like the ones he sells, the rising cost of gas still affects you. Everything inside the grocery store has to be trucked in, and it takes gasoline to make it happen.

To make matters worse, truckers aren't buying the regular unleaded gasoline we're all complaining about. They're filling up with the stuff that costs even more.

"Over half of our fleet is running on diesel fuel," Wong told us. "As you know, diesel is much more expensive than premium gasoline."

Today, diesel is selling just a hair below five bucks a gallon. At the same station, regular unleaded is selling at four dollars a gallon.

But whether you fill up with diesel, regular unleaded, or just ride the bus, somehow we're all paying for high gas prices.