The Book

The Book

Copyright 2001, Traffic World Magazine

Bill Augello wrote the book on transportation law. Actually, he's written more than a dozen books on transportation law.

But it's his latest, "Transportation, Logistics and the Law," that has caught my attention. Augello began writing it as the text for his new career twist - teaching the subject at the University of Arizona's James E. Rogers College of Law. It's not his first time teaching. He's instructed more than 9,000 people in over 300 seminars on transportation. He's on the board of directors of the Institute of Logistical Management and a member of the board of directors of the Intermodal Transportation Institute, which offers a master's degree in intermodal transportation from the University of Denver.

William J. Augello is executive director of the Transportation Consumer Protection Council and is best known as the shipper's advocate who solved the undercharge problem. I was privileged to speak on a panel at the TCPC's annual meeting last year, and the fact that I didn't embarrass myself too badly must be the reason that Bill sent me a copy of his text inscribed, "In appreciation for all you have done to educate the shipping public."

This issue's special report on Logistics Career Development is a good example of Traffic World's recent efforts to educate our readers. Correspondent David Biederman writes about the demand for logistics professionals and the effect of the recession on that demand (see page 18). In a second story and in his regular Career Advancement column David writes about the role of the Council of Logistics Management and others in educating logistics professionals about the need in these times to improve the security of the supply chain.

In several college logistics programs, Traffic World serves as a weekly textbook. Even Augello's book cites the magazine as a "source of continuing education." Breaking news can be very instructional - see our story on the bankruptcy of Computrex Inc. on page 9 for proof of that. We also have weekly Q&A columns from consultant Colin Barrett and monthly Logistics and the Law columns from attorney Robert Spira.

But back to the book. Augello says he wrote his latest book "to provide insight into the most important laws, rules, regulations, treaties and practices remaining in today's deregulated environment where shippers and carriers are left to manage their affairs with less intervention from the federal government."

"Transportation, Logistics and the Law" divides those subjects into 10 areas: governmental jurisdiction; regulation of the railroad industry; motor carrier regulation; shipper and carrier duties, responsibilities and exposure to lawsuits; airline regulation; ocean shipping regulation; multimodal arrangements; regulation of intermediaries; terms of sale for domestic and international contracts; and proposed international and domestic laws and treaties, including the North American Free Trade Agreement. There are 200 more pages of appendices listing laws, regulations and example documents.

Augello is known as a shipper advocate but he takes pains to note that he is not anti-carrier. "Attorneys are generally consulted only when a legal problem exists, not when the system is working smoothly," he says. "The transportation system in the United States is reputed to be the best in the world and has been one of the principal reasons for this nation's tremendous industrial development."

I should note that Bill had help from longtime law partner George Carl Pezold of Augello, Pezold and Hirschmann, Huntington, N.Y., in editing his text. You can order Bill's latest book from the Transportation Consumer Protection Council Inc., 120 Main St., Huntington, N.Y. 11743; phone (631) 549-8988, or e-mail