Fears of deregulation of the trucking industry
In this concluding passage, Outlaw worries that deregulation will pave the way for a few large companies to dominate the industry.
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Oral History Interview with John Thomas Outlaw, June 5, 1980. Interview H-0277. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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- ALLEN TULLOS:
As a last question, do you have any sort of speculations about where the
trucking industry is going now, with the price of fuel and things like
- JOHN THOMAS OUTLAW:
Well, it's one thing for sure: there will never be any less
trucks than what there are unless there's a new type or new
form of transportation that comes along. The future is beautiful and
brilliant for the trucking industry. The method of operations can change
and will change—I'm sure of that—but
trucks are here to stay, and they will continue to operate on the
highways, and they will continue to move the freight. And as industries
grow, the trucking industry will grow likewise. Now in what shape or
form a company will be in the future just remains to be seen, but I feel
like without regulation, if it does become
deregulated, that it will be fewer and fewer carriers. And they will be
like the railroads; there will be just a few big ones in the United
States. Some small ones here and there roundabout.