Our current system continues to be the most cost effective and efficient system in the world for the movement of freight. Rail, pipelines, barges, freighters and air freight make up less than 20 percent of all U.S. freight hauled. It would that the market has chosen our industry as the most cost effective.
There are no government subsidies for trucking firms to enhance their appeal to shippers. No one has written any laws that say certain types of freight must move by truck. Trucking companies do not receive subsidies for using intermodal methods.
All readers of this column have a place in the trucking industry. It seems to me that we all made conscious decisions to be in this field and we need to make sure that our voices are heard.
You have an opportunity coming up in the first week of November to make sure that you exercise your free-market tendencies. Ask the opinion of elected officials or candidates for office a few questions about their opinion on the areas I have touched on before you fill out your ballot.
Remember, they work for us.
Tim Kraus is Executive Director of the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association. Prior to joining HDMA, he served as director of sales and marketing at Triseal Corp. The Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA) is the heavy duty market segment association of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Associations (MEMA). HDMA exclusively represents the interests and serves heavy duty product manufacturers.