Mother Trucker! Tractor-Trailer Rule Could Up Food Costs


Something that could keep you from dying in a gruesome, fiery auto accident could also make your groceries more expensive.

Congress wants to limit truck drivers’ time behind the wheel — from 11 hours to 10 hours, according to BusinessWeek — and is considering a regulation to do so.

Legislators say the change could help prevent deaths — since overworked, exhausted truckers obviously could fall asleep on the road.

In a U.S. House subcommittee meeting Wednesday, logistics industry officials warned lawmakers that the change could make food more expensive, since shipping would cost at least 3 percent more.

“This industry operates on a razor-thin margin,” an industry rep told reporters. “Any increase in operating costs will have to be passed on to customers in the form of higher prices.”

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 1, 2011

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