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Checking in – from Carrier Relations: Critical Issues Facing the North American Trucking Industry

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Over this past week, the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), the trucking industry’s not-for-profit research organization, unveiled its list of the top ten critical issues facing the North American trucking industry. Affecting all key stakeholders in the industry, it’s important for us all to be knowledgeable and up-to date with the latest news. So, here are the four key issues highlighted in the study:

  • The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) tops the list for the first time in ATRI’s annual survey of more than 4,000 trucking industry executives.  The complete results were released at the 2012 Management Conference and Exhibition of the American Trucking Associations (ATA) meeting in Las Vegas, NV, the nation’s largest gathering of motor carrier executives.  The ATRI Top Industry Issues report also solicited and tabulated specific strategies for addressing each issue.
  • Ongoing concerns with recent as well as potential changes in the federal hours-of-service (HOS) regulations caused that issue to remain in the number two position for the second consecutive year.  Many in the industry are concerned over how changes to the 34-hour restart provision, the addition of a mandatory rest break after 8 hours of driving, and threats to reduce total drive time will impact industry operations.
  • Last year’s top industry issue, the economy, fell two spots this year to third place.  That issue topped the list for a record three consecutive years and remains a source of concern for many in the industry.
  • Worry over the increasing driver shortage put that issue at number four.  Economic recovery, CSA and HOS changes may be contributing factors to a shrinking pool of qualified drivers according to some in the industry. 

As always, UWT will keep posting updates on these issues, and more. Check back soon for more news!

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