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Todd Dills

Is there a ‘war on trucking’ afoot?

| December 02, 2009

Such was the question Michael Regan, board member of the National Industrial Transportation League (NIT is primarily a shippers’ group), aimed to answer in his piece in Logistics Management magazine. There, he detailed a recent conference call about the state of freight transportation with logistics professionals. Is there a war? he was asked on that call.

His answer is yes. “Beyond record low freight volumes,” Regan wrote, “trucking companies are looking at potential legislation and federal rule-making procedures that could significantly increase their cost of doing business.”

For his story, in which he make the case that a veritable “war” is real, click here.

More interesting was the response of Transportation Business Associates President Jay Thompson, via the glgroup.com site. Thompson there breaks down on a per-mile basis added costs that potential regulatory changes — hours of service, emissions devices, Cap and Trade Legislation, CSA 2010 — could have across the industry and comes up with a good 25-plus cents per mile cumulative addition per mile, no small hike in operating costs, as any owner-operator can attest.

Thompson’s an analyst with a great sense for historical trucking trends and big-picture sorts of implications. And you know what they say about predicting the future — you’ve got to know where we’ve been to see where we’re going. Keep an eye on his GLGroup page for other of his analyses of industry articles.

  • bikerphoto

    I have a family memeber who is a long time trucker. He once told me that it impossible to operate profitably if you comply with all the rules and regulations. My hat is off to drivers of big rigs. As a kid I always dreamed of being a long haul trucker.

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