- Worsening congestion while urban slack capacity is used up.
- Deteriorating travel times and delivery time reliability.
- Increasing costs (e.g., freight rates, ancillary fees, etc.).
- More community NIMBY opposition to freight activity.
- Inadequate public finance and investment in freight infrastructure building, operations and maintenance.
- Increasing mismatch in scope and scale of shipper and carrier networks and government jurisdiction/interests.
What can we see from government? More mileage-based or ton-mileage fees for highway use as more toll roads, including potential truck-only lanes. For all modes, ever tighter emissions limits, alternative fuel equipment mandates, new operating restrictions, new taxes and more user fees. You can also expect to see further logistics workforce regulations in security and safety. Also, higher productivity equipment, including higher truck size and weight with perhaps user fees. Lastly, you may see subsidies and tax benefits for environmental reasons alone.
About the Author: Brian Everett is executive director of NASSTRAC, the National Shipper's Strategic Transportation Council, which provides education, advocacy, connections and solutions to transportation, logistics and supply chain management professionals who manage freight across all modes. More information at www.NASSTRAC.org.