Attention, truckers: The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has launched the 2015 Top Industry Issues Survey.
The annual survey, commissioned by the American Trucking Associations (ATA), asks “trucking industry stakeholders” to rank the top issues of concern for the industry along with appropriate strategies for addressing each issue. The survey is in its 11th year and participation has grown each year, research group noted.
“In complex times like this it is critical that we do our part to help ensure a thriving future for the trucking industry,” said ATA Chairman Duane Long, Chairman of Longistics. “With your participation, we can speak with a collective industry voice on the issues most important to us.”
Last year, Hours-of-service regulations for truck drivers repeated as the No. 1 concern in the annual survey.
HOS regulations were No. 1 in the 2013 survey and No. 2 in both the 2011 and 2012 surveys. In fact, HOS has never been lower than No. 5 since ATRI launched the survey in 2005.
Following closely at No. 2 in 2014 was the driver shortage, which has been in the top 5 since 2010 after not even appearing in the top 10 during the worst year of the recession, 2009.
The Compliance, Safety, Accountability program remained a big concern, but it dropped to No. 3 in 2014 from No. 2 in 2013 and No. 1 in 2012.
Rounding out the top 10 were driver retention; the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate; truck parking; infrastructure/congestion/funding; driver health/wellness; the economy; and driver distraction, which makes the list for the first time.
The results of the 2015 survey will be released at the ATA Annual Management Conference and Exhibition, to be held October 17-20 in Philadelphia.
To take the survey, click here.