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Washington

WATCH

On the Hill

Looking Ahead
AUTONOMOUS TRUCKS, AGENCY NOMINATIONS AND BEYOND
By Paul Milotte, AMSA Vice President of Government Relations

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JANUARY | FEBRUARY 2018

A new presidential
administration and
rapidly changing driver
technologies offer hope
that 2018 will be ripe
with opportunities to
help our industry grow.

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he professional relocation
industry has seen some
growth over the past few
years, thanks to favorable
housing market conditions and low
oil prices. Significant work remains,
however, to safeguard our industry's
opportunities for growth and
sustainable revenue.
For starters, housing market stability
and low oil prices won't last forever.
Some analysts predict we are overdue
for a recession in both sectors. Second
challenge: the continued rise of
do-it-yourself (DIY) moving options.
The lack of consistent regulatory
enforcement with some of these
providers has true full-service movers
scrambling to retain market share
and leaves many consumers without
the basic disclosure requirements
they've traditionally enjoyed. Thirdly,
inefficiencies and declining provider
participation have shrunk profit margins for the military relocation market.
Fortunately, the future offers hope.
To insulate commercial trucking
against any future rise in fuel prices,
federal researchers at the Federal
Highway Administration (FHWA)
are studying how to safely deploy
platooning-using connected vehicle
technology to allow two or more
trucks to drive closely together
on straight roads. Developing this
technology could boost fuel mileage,
improve highway safety and reduce
greenhouse gas emissions. Beyond
fuel prices, the Federal Motor Carrier
Safety Administration (FMCSA) has
begun researching how automating
certain driving functions, especially on
long stretches of straight road, could

free the driver up to accomplish other
tasks and thereby improve efficiency.
The explosive growth of internet-based moving options has allowed
certain third-party move managers,
some unscrupulous brokers and rogue
operators to increasingly victimize
consumers. AMSA will be pushing
a series of regulatory reforms on
Capitol Hill designed to protect the
consumer from these predatory rogue
operators, while improving consistency in household goods regulatory
enforcement. AMSA will utilize key
recommendations provided to the
Department of Transportation from
the recently completed Household
Goods Consumer Protection Working
Group as a potential starting point to
guide our efforts.
To address declining competition and glaring inefficiencies, the
Department of Defense announced
it will be reorganizing the entities
governing military relocation. The
Surface Deployment and Distribution
Command (SDDC) Personal Property
Directorate has been consolidated
under the U.S. Transportation
Command (USTRANSCOM),
along with two additional moving
entities responsible for other branches.
Having one organization in charge of
the multibillion-dollar DP3 program
should speed up job delivery.
A new presidential administration
and rapidly changing driver technologies offer hope that 2018 will be
ripe with opportunities to help our
industry grow. AMSA stands ready
to advocate-on Capitol Hill and
beyond-to educate federal lawmakers
and regulators on how they can help! n



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Direction January/February 2018

FROM THE PRESIDENT
INDUSTRY NEWS
WHAT’S NEW AT AMSA
AMSA PARTNER PROFILES
Generations on the Move
Forecasting the Future
WASHINGTON WATCH
FAST FACTS
ADVERTISERS’ INDEX
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