Governement regulation of the trucking industry. New Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations (effective 2006) that the industry claims will raise costs to a level that will put many out of business. Supreme Court case that decided public health benefit was major factor. Other course cases involving the Clean Air Act. Politics.
One may excuse the trucking industry for feeling embattled on all sides. Fierce competition has driven prices down, while new technology allows... more
One may excuse the trucking industry for feeling embattled on all sides. Fierce competition has driven prices down, while new technology allows companies to track drivers’ every move. Government regulation has increased dramatically, with a number of federal agencies scrutinizing the business from every angle. Maybe no agency has exercised more control than the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In 2000, for example, the EPA issued new regulations that will reduce the amount of sulfur in highway diesel fuel by 97 percent. Truckers argue that when these regulations take effect in 2006, it will put many out of business because the cost would be prohibitive. This paper will examine the issue of EPA regulation of the trucking industry, analyzing whether the EPA overstepped its bounds, as the industry asserts.
At first glance, the easy answer is “no.” At least that is what