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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with John Thomas Outlaw, June 5, 1980. Interview H-0277. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

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 that?
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.