Top 10 Issues for the Trucking Industry in 2016

By December 8, 2016 ELDs

The issues have remained relatively consistent over the past few years, but their ranking of importance has fluctuated.

For more than a decade, the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has been publishing its annual industry survey that identifies the major issues impacting the trucking industry. The data from this survey has helped the American Trucking Associations (ATA) and the State Trucking Associations (STA) not only recognize these issues but also has helped them develop strategies to address the issues.

This year’s survey had more than 3,200 responses from stakeholders in the US, Mexico, and Canada. The makeup of the respondents was commercial drivers (64.5%), motor carriers (27.8%), and other industry participants (7.7%).

The top 10 issues overall are as follows:

  1. ELD mandate
  2. HOS
  3. Cumulative economic impacts of trucking regulations
  4. Truck Parking
  5. Economy
  6. Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)
  7. Driver shortage
  8. Driver retention
  9. Infrastructure/Congestion/Funding
  10. Driver distraction

The ELD mandate and the HOS rulings changed positions this year. For the past three years, HOS topped the list with the ELD mandate in fifth or sixth place; however, this year as the ELD mandate takes effect, it tops the list. One other interesting take this year is ATRI’s acknowledgement that drivers and carriers often have different issues that are of great concern. To address this, this year’s survey also has a “Top Ten” list for each group.

For carriers, the top 10 issues are as follow:

  1. Driver shortage
  2. ELD mandate
  3. Cumulative economic impacts of trucking regulations
  4. Economy
  5. HOS rules
  6. Driver retention
  7. Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)
  8. Infrastructure/Congestion/Funding
  9. Federal preemption of state regulation of interstate trucking
  10. Driver distraction

For drivers, the top 10 issues are:

  1. ELD mandate
  2. HOS
  3. Truck Parking
  4. Cumulative economic impacts of trucking regulations
  5. Economy
  6. Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)
  7. Driver retention
  8. Sleep apnea rulemaking
  9. FMCSA mission
  10. Driver health and wellness

Four issues make the top five concerns in both of these lists: ELD mandate, HOS, the economy, and the cumulative effects of regulation. Going beyond these concerns, the rest of the list makes sense for each group. Drivers are concerned about issues that may affect their day-to-day operations and personal well-being, including parking, health and wellness, sleep apnea, and retention. Carriers are most concerned with the driver shortage, which has topped their list for the past several years. Carriers are also concerned with issues that can affect their company’s growth, revenues, and potential liabilities, including driver distraction, federal preemption of state regulations and infrastructure issues.

For more details, go to the ATRI website to download the full survey.

Bridget Bradshaw

About Bridget Bradshaw

Bridget Bradshaw is the Marketing Manager for NationaLease and oversees the marketing of NationaLease meetings and events, the NationaLease NEWS, Webinars, and various other projects.

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