Energy Conservation Competes With Regulatory Objectives for Truckers

CED-77-79: Published: Jul 8, 1977. Publicly Released: Jul 8, 1977.

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Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) measures to reduce energy use by trucks have been limited because the Commission is guided by its traditional regulatory objectives of protecting existing regulated truckers and making certain that service is adequate.

The ICC does not have enough information on energy conservation measures to use in its decisionmaking. Energy conservation programs for surface transportation will have only limited success until a National policy clearly establishes the relative priority of energy conservation and regulatory objectives.

Matter for Congressional Consideration

  1. Status: Closed

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    Matter: Congress should enact legislation which shows whether energy conservation or traditional regulatory objectives are more important and allow the ICC to change its regulations to authorize intercorporate transportation if it does not otherwise conflict with the National priorities established. ICC should develop enough information to determine how its energy-related decisions will affect competition and service. The Chairman of the Commission should determine the validity of the rule that truckers wanting to use a route that would reduce mileage by more than 20 percent must apply to the ICC and prove that competitors will not be affected; the continued need for any limitations on shipping truck trailers on railcars; and the reasons for empty mileage and its effect on competition and service to the public.


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