Public ignorant to costs added to goods by trucking regulations: Part 3 of OD spot on Road Dog

| February 06, 2014

In the third segment of his talk on Mark Willis’ Road Dog Trucking News show last month, Overdrive Executive Editor Jack Roberts said the public doesn’t realize the burden it bears in paying for goods with prices elevated by regulations placed on the trucking industry. 

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Roberts talk with Willis centered on political party ideologies and their relationship to trucking regulations, with Roberts’ point being — stemming from a blog post he wrote last month — that trucking catches regulatory flack no matter what party is in control. 

Moreover, the public, due to mostly misunderstanding of the trucking industry, doesn’t mind trucking regulations, as they think it makes the roads safer. 

Click here to listen to the first segment of Roberts’ appearance, and click here to listen to the second segment.

Click here to read his blog post, “Trucking — the country’s easiest regulatory target?”, that the radio appearance is based on.

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  • easymoney

    The public can give two hoots about how much things
    are an why they are so hi. The trucking industry is an
    out sight out mind thing with the public. The only folks
    that can afford todays prices are the so called rich.
    why should they care about some ole trucker busting his
    butt to get the products to market. I tell ya if all the little
    companies go out nobody will be able to afford he price
    of things if there is only a few big companies making the
    deliveries prices will be higher an than its any bodies
    guess from there.

  • author_industry_of_thieves

    I wrote an entire book on the subject in 2008… It is called Industry of Thieves. Got good traction from the Industry, but not much from the public.

  • Certifiably Nutty

    i have an O/O bias, so my comment may come across as somewhat one sided.
    There is no voice of the trucker, no unified message coming out of the industry that states their side of things and raises public awareness of issues that are faced by the truckers eveyday that have quantifiable impact on the prices of goods and services paid by the general public.
    Truckers are at the bottom end of the food chain when it comes to the amount of impact their activities have on anything. Like a leaf in the wind, every O/O is a victim of outside circumstances that influences every aspect of what they do and how they do it …. fuel and maintenance costs, down time, insurance costs, etc…
    Yet the general public have no clue. They think the trucker goes and picks up a load, drops it off and gets paid. They have no understanding of the operational issues going on daily that both hinder the trucker from being efficient, but as a consequence add a cost to their goods and result in higher prices.

  • Fedup

    As bad as I hate to say it every truck nation wide just simply needs to shut down for at least a week or more. That might wake a lot of people up fast. When the weekend warriors get away from home and don’t have enough gas in their tank to get back home, and can’t buy gas because everyone’s out, or people get stuck at airports and bus depots because of no fuel for buses and planes, or else the quick stops and grocery stores run out of food then maybe they will wake up. Don’t block roads and bridges with your trucks, just park em, and don’t run a ” Rubber Duck Convoy” to Washington D.C. either. When our worthless, arrogant acting president can’t get Air Force One off the ground because of no fuel, then maybe things will change as well. Trucks and agriculture are what makes this country go but the general public looks down their nose at agriculture and trucking, and blames all the problems on those industries. I have only been involved in trucking for 10 years and haven’t been down the road near as far as a lot of guys but I’m sick and tired of reading about new rules and regulations that are in the works. The people driving cars and suv’s have no idea or clue how lucky they really are. Most truck wrecks are caused by people driving cars and suv’s and the way I look at it if you get in a wreck with truck and it’s not your fault, you did nothing wrong, you’re probably still going to get a ticket for something. The general public basically wants you to guarantee their safety and they have no idea or clue what it’s like. If car and suv drivers had to do all the things that truckers have to do on a daily basis, they might have a different perspective. I can’t say that I’m big on this, but maybe a 1 or 2 cents a mile road use tax on all the cars and suv’s would change things and people might not be so eager to get behind the wheel and head down the road. Trucks pay enough taxes as it is and they don’t need any more. I know what I’ve just said is probably wishful thinking but that’s how I see it.

  • EF McHenry

    MARKET COMPETITION:
    I’m sorry but what I been saying isn’t registering with anybody! The regulations we are seeing today day pretty much got nothing to do with “safety!!” Today’s regulations are pretty much about business; they are a business proposition!! Regulations todays are meant to affect “markets,” and control, and or encumber market players and competitors that get subsequently affected by the regulation once it becomes law! Those ill prepared to accomodate and or comply with the new regulation are eventually driven out of the market!
    FOLLOW THE MONEY:
    One good regulation can generate all kinds of business and or the need for all kinds of enforcers and compliance keepers/defenders(EPA, police, DOT, state police, weigh stations, agencies[Dept of Homeland Security etc]). If a rule becomes law it can cause the purchase of all kinds of retrofit equipment and a whole string of brand new equipment! Trucks, cars, lightbulbs, CPAP machines, parts, EOBR/ELD devices and their maintenance, new tools, the need for new services, subscribed or otherwise, that are ongoing and or reoccurrring etc. One industry can be force to purchase new equipment giving another industry all kinds of brand new business at the expense of the other industry that must now reorganize, readjust, and comply! To think modern day regulations have sincere objectives and goals is to be naive at the very least and completely STUPID at the very worst!!
    To think political parties make any real difference is to be already duped!
    GETTING RID OF GOVT OR REDUCING IT FROM THE TOP TO THE BOTTOM:
    Sequester was the only thing that was set to reduce the spending of “federal income tax,”(please note I said federal income tax not FICA[payroll]. FICA[payroll tax] is suppose to be use for social security and medicare) on general discretionary spending. General discretionary spending includes ALL federal govt agencies, military spending and misc other spending like block grants given to individual states designed to either bale them out or fund new state programs like COPS(Community Oriented Police Services) and many other CONTROL FREAK PROGRAMS!!!! Did the republican SO-CALLED champions of small govt fight to retain SEQUESTER????? Not at all!! The reason is because they LOVE govt just like the democrats!! In fact in some ways they equally as or possibly worse!! Because they want to seek funding Discretionary spending by finding tax revenue by cutting SS & Medicare so they can use FICA tax to shore up shortfalls in the federal income tax that is insufficient to fund General Discretionary Spending! Cutting SS & Medicare is nothing but a attempt to borrow more money from those programs by making them run surpluses to incoming FICA revenue so surplus money stays in the general treasury and gets spent on general discretionary spending ie federal govt agencies!! And this also creates those so-call “IOU” treasury bonds that are given or credited to those programs!! If you fellow drivers don’t understand this, then WAKE-UP!! It’s one thing to be unaware and another to be ABSOLUTELY AND TOTALLY STUPID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • EF McHenry

    THERE IS NO PUBLIC OUTCRY FOR ALL THESE NEW REGULATIONS!!! IT IS COMING FROM SPECIAL INTEREST LOBBY GROUPS REPRESENTING CORPORATE INTEREST, OTHER OPPORTUNISTS WHO MIGHT HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN A TRAGIC ACCIDENT WITH A TRUCK WHO NOW SEEK REVENGE AND THEIR POT OF GOLD AT THE END OF THEIR RAINBOW, AND MISC OTHER PEOPLE EITHER IN THE GOVT WHO WISH TO EXPAND THEIR OPERATING AUTHORITY AND SECURE THIER JOBS AND MISC OTHER EDUCATED COLLEGE GRADUATES WHO DESIRE TO ESTABLISH AN ENTIRE COTTAGE INDUSTRY OF CONTROL FREAK PRIVATE COMPANIES!! SORRY BUT THAT’S PRETTY MUCH THE SIZE OF IT!!!!

  • Fedup

    You couldn’t have said it any better. It seems the government is always changing the rules and regulations, forcing you to buy things you don’t want, need, or can really afford. A friend of mine told me back in 2008 when the economy started downhill that people need to live within their means which is very true, but you’ve also got to be free to live within your means, and when the government changes the rules and regulations all the time it’s really hard to do that.

  • EF McHenry

    Well thanks! I try to be polite and respectful and tell the truth! If I’m wrong I’m willing to discuss & debate anybody on theses important issues of the day.
    These new truck regs that mostly target the driver! Many have remarked it a War On Drivers these days.

  • rich

    Don’t shut down for a week, target an area to avoid, like Maryland, or Chicago, by everyone, then you don’t hurt yourself ,, and still make your point

  • g

    They were counting on replacing all the drivers who are fed up with the “new regulations”..with Obamas 11Million Mexicans…that COULD have been employed as truckers IF the “IMMIGRATION BILL” would have passed…..but it didnt….and wont any time soon……..we should see more and more experienced Hands LEAVING trucking……and naturally ACCIDENTS involving the remaining Greenhorns INCREASING…who really wants to drive a truck and kiss Cop Ass all day and night?? Anybody??? The industry has regulated itself to a place where only a Peasant from mexico would be interested in such a crappy job as trucking has become….Miserable conditions for a chump.

  • David S. McQueen

    “Getting rid of government” is simplistic and creates anarchy. With folks who have nothing to lose, it’s a great idea. The problem is that people have become too accustomed to thinking that government controls them (instead of the people controlling the government). Many “Americans” believe in Big Government and the nanny state, enough “Americans” so that Obama (a Marxist) was elected twice. That’s the real problem and has been for 100 years. McCarthy leaked FBI-gathered information about Soviet agents in the US government and people (Americans!) destroyed him. Now YOU are reaping the benefits of Marxism. The government is the problem (as Reagan said), but the people who ELECT that government are the bigger problem.

  • gregbo

    The public doesn’t understand basic economics at all. They labor under the belief system aquired through compulsory schooling that somebody else is paying the bills. Problem is there is no such thing as a free lunch. The reality is the average 2 earner middle class family pays over 40% of there labor in direct taxes, local,state,federal and another 10% in hidden taxes, corporate, regulatory etc. One worker functions as a slave of the state and somebody else has to raise the kids, you guessed right, the government. Good luck with that whole retirement thing when all you’ve got left is the ever diminishing SSI system. But not to worry, every american gets a FICA number at birth so there’s always another generation in the harness.

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