Though taken from fleet executive responses and geared toward the same group, an annual study released this week shows regulations and programs of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration — namely, hours of service rules and CSA — draw the most concern from carriers.
The American Transportation Research Institute, the research arm of the American Trucking Associations, unveiled its 10 Top Industry Issues list this week, along with methods carriers plan to pursue to deal with them or combat them.
Hours of service rules, which saw even more restrictions go into effect July 1, topped the list. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program ranked second among carrier concerns.
To deal with hours of service rule changes, carriers said in the report the industry could pursue the following:
To make CSA easier to deal with, the report offered the following:
Here’s the full list from ATRI on top carrier concerns:
3. Driver shortage
5. Electronic logging device mandate
6. Truck parking
7. Driver retention
8. Fuel supply/fuel prices
10. Driver health and wellness
Affected tractors are equipped with an automated Eaton UltraShift Plus or Eaton Advantage Transmission with right hand stalk shifter. In the affected trucks, the display on the instrument panel can indicate “N” when the shifter is set into “D” or “R,” causing the truck not to move.