LAS VEGAS — The federal CSA safety ratings program replaced the economy atop the list of the most critical issues facing the trucking industry, the American Transportation Research Institute announced.
ATRI’s annual survey, released Oct. 8 during American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference & Exhibition, showed that recent and potential changes to federal hours-of-service regulations ranked as the second most important concern on the research group’s list of the industry’s top 10 issues.
The economy, which topped the list in each of the previous three years, dropped to third in the ATA-commissioned survey of more than 4,000 trucking industry executives.
This year’s survey marked the first time that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s CSA program, which stands for Compliance, Safety, Accountability, topped the list.
The growing shortage of qualified drivers ranked No. 4 on the list.