Driver Shortage Back on List of Top Concerns

By on October 17, 2010
RoadKing Mag

American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), the trucking industry’s not-for-profit research institute, today announced its list of the top ten critical issues facing the North American trucking industry. Returning to the list at number five, was driver shortage, which did not make the top 10 concerns in 2009.

The list was the result of a survey of 4,000 trucking industry executives representing industry stakeholders from both the U.S. and Canada and include motor carriers, commercial drivers and other interested parties.

New to the list was Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 (CSA 2010), the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s new regulatory framework for evaluating carrier and driver safety. It was no surprise that the top concern was the economy.

Here is the complete list of the top 10 concerns:

  1. Economy (repeating as top concern from 2009)
  2. CSA 2010 (new to the list)
  3. Government Regulation
  4. Hours of Service
  5. Driver Shortage (did not appear as a top concern in 2009)
  6. Fuel Issues
  7. Transportation Funding/Infrastructure
  8. Onboard Truck Technology
  9. Environmental Issues
  10. Truck Size and Weight

A full report on the survey, which includes proposed strategies to address the concerns and historical context, is available at the ATRI website.

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