Survey: Economy top issue facing trucking

| October 18, 2010

The state of the economy tops the list of the American Transportation Research Institute’s top 10 critical issues facing the North American trucking industry based on a survey of more than 4,000 trucking industry executives.

The results were released Oct. 17 at the 2010 Management Conference and Exhibition of the American Trucking Associations meeting in Phoenix. The ATRI Top Industry Issues report also solicited and tabulated specific strategies for addressing each issue.

Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s new regulatory framework for evaluating carrier and driver safety, debuted on the list in a close second to the economy this year.

Government regulation, which was the second most pressing issue last year, remained near the top of the list (No. 3). The driver shortage returned to the top 10 list this year (No. 5), a sign that carriers have a growing concern over finding enough drivers to meet increased freight demand as the economy rebounds.

The ATA-commissioned survey results and proposed strategies will be utilized by the ATA Federation to better focus its advocacy role on behalf of the U.S. trucking industry and ATA Federation stakeholders.

“ATRI’s annual survey gives us a clear roadmap of the strategies we collectively need to pursue as an industry,” says ATA Chairman Tommy Hodges of Titan Transfer, in Shelbyville, Tenn.

Also making the list of top 10 concerns are hours of service (No. 4), fuel issues (No. 6), transportation funding/infrastructure (No. 7), onboard truck technology (No. 8), environmental issues (No. 9) and truck size and weight (No. 10).


  • TruckerDesiree

    Typical that the ATA does not see poor training as an issue. They seem to be okay with putting poorly training steering wheel holders on the highway and disregard safety for the motoring public.
    They are concerned with having heavier trucks which is unsafe for the drivers, the roads and public.
    They are concerned with having to spend money on being compliant for environmental issues and permit carriers to pass that on to low paid employee drivers who are being charged to idle when they should be provided an APU or at minimum, a bunk heater.
    All of the ATA concerns point to inhumane practices, not taking into account that with all the technology… a human being has to drive and operate the truck.
    They also do not seem to care that their practices generate a 125% turnover rate in this industry which is a government funded welfare machine at the expense of the American taxpayers.