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Hours-of-Service remains top trucking industry concern


PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — For the third consecutive year, hours-of-service ranked as the top concern among North American trucking companies.

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) released its annual list of the top 10 issues facing the North American trucking industry, here at the American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference & Exhibition this morning.

Drivers and carriers that completed the survey this year expressed concerns about the uncertain future of the current suspension to the reset rules. More than 4,000 people completed the survey.

The second biggest concern among respondents, up one place from last year, was ongoing challenges related to CSA. That issue was followed closely by concerns about the driver shortage.

Driver retention concerns took the fourth spot, as it did the year before.

The lack of available truck parking continued its climb up the rankings, since it first appeared on the annual survey in 2012. Then, it was the eighth biggest concern but this year it rounds out the top five issues.

“There is perhaps no better benchmark for the challenges we face as motor carriers and drivers than ATRI’s annual survey of top industry issues. As issues climb in ranking each year, so does our collective need to aggressively identify solutions to address those issues,” said ATA chairman Duane Long, chairman, Longistics, Raleigh, NC.

The full report can be downloaded from www.atri-online.org.

Here is the full list of the trucking industry’s Top 10 concerns in 2015:

  1. Hours-of-Service
  2. CSA
  3. Driver Shortage
  4. Driver Retention
  5. Truck Parking
  6. ELD Mandate
  7. Driver Health/Wellness
  8. Economy
  9. Infrastructure/Congestion/Funding
  10. Driver Distraction

James Menzies

James Menzies

James Menzies is editor of Truck News magazine. He has been covering the Canadian trucking industry for more than 15 years and holds a CDL. Reach him at james@newcom.ca or follow him on Twitter at @JamesMenzies.
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