Critical Issues in the Trucking Industry - 2013

This annual survey of critical trucking industry issues was commissioned by the American Trucking Associations (ATA) as an important tool for understanding industry needs and was conducted by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI). The survey is in its ninth year and continues to serve as a critical source of information for industry and public sector decision-makers alike. A modified ATRI Top Industry Issues (TII) survey methodology (first introduced in 2012) was once again utilized, which provided respondents with an expanded list of issues to rank while also streamlining the survey process. ATRI collaborated with a group of key industry stakeholders to identify a sizeable catalog of issues and potential strategies from which the final list of critical industry issues and associated strategies was selected in order to develop the survey. The survey was distributed to a large sample of more than 4,000 industry stakeholders to gauge the importance of each issue, after it was designed and tested. Survey participants were asked to select their top three choices from the aforementioned industry-generated list of over 20 issues. A 41% increase in responses in 2013, compared to the 2012 survey, resulted from ATRI’s continued efforts to expand the reach of the survey and improve the survey respondent experience. The record 1,327 respondents who completed this year’s survey represent industry stakeholders from both the U.S. and Canada and included commercial drivers, motor carriers and other industry stakeholders. The findings of the 2013 annual survey and analysis are presented in this report, and the results of previous years’ surveys are compared, thus creating a predictive indicator of emerging priorities in the trucking industry. Issues presented include the following: new federal Hours-of-Service (HOS) rules that are going into effect that mandate a 30-minute rest break for drivers and change the way the 34-hour restart provision can be utilized; the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) initiative, which is now in its third year of national implementation; and a reported shortage of qualified drivers due to improved economic conditions, productivity losses caused by the HOS rules changes, and more stringent driver qualifications resulting from CSA.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 17p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01498743
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 21 2013 9:07AM