July 12, 2006
As gas prices continue to rise, it's not just commuters and travelers feeling the pain at the pump. For those that make their living behind the wheel, the price hikes hit hard.
The summer months are typically when most people take to the roads. However, because of high gas prices, those people who rely on driving as their source of income are struggling to just break even.
"I make it, but...I stay out there 'til I make it." That's how cab driver John Jackson tries to compensate for having to put $40 worth of gas into his car everyday.
With gas prices nearing a peak, cab drivers are having to work longer shifts to maintain an income.
Since cab rates are regulated by the city, individual drivers can't adjust the rates themselves but they hope their companies will.
"I heard that they were going up, they talked to the city, I think they're going to go up," John Jackson of Yellow Cab Co. said.
Those aren't the only rates going up. Richard Wharam teaches driver education courses and if he doesn't increase fees, the school will continue to stay in the red.
"[In] the school year that just ended June 30, 2006, we spent $6,700. So we're talking a 36 percent increase in fuel cost in one year's time," Richard Wharam, driver education instructor said.
As of right now, the school only charges the students the bare minimum. However, the fee for the course will more than likely go up in September to close to $180.
"Somewhere along the way, we have to, we're required to break even. I can't lose money so we'll have to raise our cost," Wharam continued.
Each year, the school gets a $50 stipend from the Commonwealth for the driving courses, unfortunately that will not be increased this September just because of high gas prices
There appears to be no relief in sight, some experts say prices could top $4 a gallon.