Nova Scotia

Rising gas prices worry delivery drivers

As Nova Scotia saw another rise in gas prices Friday morning, people who make their living on the road are questioning how much longer they can afford to do their job.

As Nova Scotia saw another rise in gas prices Friday morning, people who make their living on the road are questioning how much longer they can afford to do their job.

The biggest jump was outside Metro where the price hit the $1.40 mark.

At Elite Courier, operations manager Paul Brushette has eight drivers on the road.

"It's a balance. We have to ensure we're providing a service to our clients that's affordable to them while also ensuring we have enough to pay the drivers that are working for us," Brushette said Friday.

His courier Dan Purvis said that even charging extra for gas isn't really helping the business.

"We do have a gas surcharge and that does affect the price but technically I don't see anymore money coming in even though our expenses are higher," Purvis said.

Some drivers are wondering how much longer they can afford to drive.

"Every time gas goes up two cents ... it costs me $4 a day. In a week that's $20. In a month it's $80, so two cents doesn't seem like much, but it is to people who do it for a living," said Laurie Baker, who's been a courier for 15 years.

Gas prices don't just affect people in the delivery business. Consumers feel it everywhere.

"You know it's whether you're going to the grocery store, you know your cost of food is going to go up. Everything is going to go up, Brushnette said.

"It's going to fall out somewhere and it's going to fall out with the majority of people having less money in their pockets."

Analysts say the price of gas is only going to continue to climb.  

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