ORLANDO, Fla. — Changes to the federal hours-of-service rule topped the 2013 survey of critical issues facing the North American trucking industry, the American Transportation Research Institute reported.
HOS, which was the No. 2 concern each of the past two years, returned to the top of the list for the first time since 2007, the year a federal court vacated portions of the rule. HOS topped the government’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program, which slipped one spot on the list.
Rounding out the top five concerns on the survey were the driver shortage, the economy and the pending electronic logging mandate.
“ATRI’s annual survey of top industry issues makes it easier for us to keep track of all the complex forces affecting motor carriers and drivers, so that we can focus on running a safe and profitable industry,” ATA Chairman Michael Card said in a statement issued Oct. 21 during the federation’s Management Conference & Exhibition here. Card is president of Combined Transport, based in Central Point, Ore.