Opinion on the potential effects resulting from a wide shutdown has varied widely among Overdrive readers -- from a solid negative for truckers' public image to political leverage on regs.
To many carriers "seem to want to compete this way. And who gets hurt? Drivers, small businesses, people all throughout the industry."
Smaller carriers slightly more pessimistic on volume than large carriers; a majority of all carriers are expecting rate increases over the next year.
The Institute for Supply Management's April survey shows that economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded last month for the fifth consecutive month.
Vote in this poll probing economic improvement for owner-operators over the last year. Is your business doing better?
The December employment report released this week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows trucking added 4,200 jobs.
A reader sees a need for mandatory detention pay to protect the small business trucking life from the continuing encroachment of big-business competition and government regulation in the form of tightening hours and EOBRs.
The week's highlights in potential economic indicators all show positive growth for both the trucking economy and the U.S. economy as a whole.
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