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Industry stakeholders, including drivers, asked to rank top issues for ATRI survey

The changes to the Hours of Service rules that went into effect July 1, 2013, pushed HOS to the top of the list among the 4,000 trucking stakeholders who participated in the 2013 survey.

The Trucker News Services

8/11/2014

ARLINGTON, Va. — The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), the research arm of the American Trucking Associations, Monday launched the 2014 Top Industry Issues Survey.

The annual survey, commissioned by ATA, asks trucking industry stakeholders, among them professional truck drivers, to rank the top issues of concern for the industry along with appropriate strategies for addressing each issue.

The survey is in its 10th year and participation by trucking stakeholders has grown each year.

Deadline for completing the survey is Friday, Sept. 19.

Results will be released during the ATA’s Management Conference and Exhibition in San Diego in early October.

“In complex times like this it is critical that we do our part to help ensure a thriving future for the trucking industry,” ATA Chairman Phil Byrd Sr., president and CEO of Bulldog Hiway Express, said.  “With your participation, we can speak with a collective industry voice on what’s most important to us.”

The changes to the Hours of Service rules that went into effect July 1, 2013, pushed HOS to the top of the list among the 4,000 trucking stakeholders who participated in the 2013 survey.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program was second in 2013 after topping the list in 2012.

The driver shortage was No. 3 in 2013.

Fourth in 2013 was electronic logging devices, which could well move into the top three in the wake of the FMCSA’s release of the Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to require ELDs in all commercial trucks and buses.

The report will include not only the top 10 critical issues, but strategies for dealing with those issues.

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