HOS, Driver Shortage Top Trucking’s Concerns

ATRI’s Findings Will be Used to Develop Industry Strategies
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Hours-of-service rules and a shortage of truck drivers top the list in a new survey of more than 5,000 trucking industry executives, the American Transportation Research Institute said Monday.

Other top 10 issues include fuel prices, congestion, government regulation, tolls and highway funding, tort reform and truck driver training, the group said.

ATRI, an affiliate of American Trucking Associations, is a not-for-profit research institute for the trucking industry.

ATRI, which also solicited strategies for addressing each issue, said the ATA-commissioned survey results and proposed strategies will be utilized by ATA to better focus its advocacy role on behalf of the trucking industry.

“I have long advocated for the industry to better prepare itself to deal with change,” said ATA Chairman Ray Kuntz, chief executive officer of Watkins & Shepard Trucking Co.

“One way to do so is to better anticipate the challenges ahead.  The ATRI survey results are invaluable in telling us what is important to motor carriers and which strategies ATA should pursue on their behalf,” he said in a statement.

The results were released at ATA's Management Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Fla.