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.
Affected tractors are equipped with an automated Eaton UltraShift Plus or Eaton Advantage Transmission with right hand stalk shifter. In the affected trucks, the display on the instrument panel can indicate “N” when the shifter is set into “D” or “R,” causing the truck not to move.