If you have any way to get to work in Sioux Falls other than I-29 and I-229, take it Thursday: it sounds like we got us a convoy….
Truckers say they plan to hold a demonstration Thursday during the morning commute on Interstate 29 in Sioux Falls.
The drivers say they are concerned about automated trucks, down-sizing in the industry, and other problems facing them.
They also say they are generally disrespected for the important role they play in the nation’s economy.
…The protest was organized largely through Facebook on a group called “The Disrespected Trucker.”
…The group plans to drive at about 45 mph during rush hour on I-29 and I-229 in Sioux Falls Thursday. The group will stop in Mitchell as well, before finishing at the state capitol in Pierre Friday [Todd Epp, “Truckers Say They’ll Demonstrate During Morning Commute on Interstate 29,” KELO Radio, 2019.10.01].
More trucking firms have shut down during the first six months of 2019 than in all of 2018, a result of a softer freight market and the broader effects of tariffs on imported goods, a freight market expert said.
“Tariffs are terrible taxes,” Donald Broughton, principal of Broughton Capital of Missouri, told Transport Topics on Sept. 5. “They are one of many if not the largest negative factors in our economy.”
Broughton believes tariffs are partially responsible for the decreased freight demand, and coupled with lower spot prices, have contributed to the trucking firm failures.
In the first half of 2019, he said 640 freight companies closed their doors. On average, these companies each had about 30 drivers, resulting in 20,075 trucks being pulled off the road. Compare that to 2018, when freight was booming. During the first half of that year, Broughton said 175 companies closed — each averaging about nine drivers — taking 1,550 trucks off the road. For all of 2018, 310 trucking companies closed, Broughton said [Jim Stinson, “2019 Trucking Company Closures So Far Have Doubled All of 2018,” Transport Topics, 2019.09.05].
Go ahead and protest, truckers… but you might want to turn those red Trump caps backwards to acknowledge one concrete source of the disrespect and economic pain you’re feeling.