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The Truck Driver Shortage Is Not New. It’s Been Happening Ever Since Deregulation.

 

The Truck Driver Shortage Is Not New. It's Been Happening Ever Since Deregulation.

Cutting truck driver pay in the name of efficiency was always the point of deregulation. But when you cut slack from the system, you destabilize it.

Courtesy of Matt Stoller, BIG

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There’s a lot of gnashing of teeth about a truck driver shortage these days, because we’re all noticing that stuff isn’t getting to shelves. But is this actually a new phenomenon? Here are some headlines over the years, in reverse chronological order. As you can see, the problem didn’t start in 2021.

March 21, 2019


 

Feburary 13, 2018


 

January 3, 2015


 

February 18, 2014

 


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