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CSA No. 1 critical issue facing trucking, says ATRI survey

ATA Chairman Dan England said the ATRI survey gives the ATA, and all trucking stakeholders, a clearer understanding of the challenges the industry faces. (The Trucker: LYNDON FINNEY)

The Trucker Staff

10/8/2012

LAS VEGAS — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) has risen to the top of the list of the Top 10 critical issues facing the trucking industry.

It’s the first time at No. 1 for the two-year old safety program.

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), part of the ATA Federation, unveiled its Top 10 list at the 2012 American Trucking Associations Management Conference and Exhibition, 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 regulation caused that issue to remain in the No. 2 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 eight hours of driving, and threats to reduce total drive time, will impact industry operations, the survey revealed.

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.

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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 of critical industry issues gives ATA, and all trucking stakeholders, a clearer understanding of the challenges our industry faces," said ATA chairman Dan England, Chairman of the Board, C.R. England, Inc., Salt Lake City.

"As we all know, the trucking industry operates in a complex and evolving environment and we must constantly work to understand how economic and regulatory changes will impact the industry,” ATA President and CEO Bill Graves said. “By improving our understanding of the issues, we can be better stewards of the important job our industry is tasked with. ATRI’s work once again gives ATA the information we need to effectively represent the industry.”

A copy of the survey results is available from ATRI at www.atri-online.org.

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