Drivers, companies differ on trucking’s top issues

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Findings from a survey of top trucking issues conducted by the American Transportation Research Institute were made public Monday, Oct. 7 at the American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference and Exhibition in San Diego.

Overall survey results showed the top 10 issues in the 2019 survey to be:

  1. Driver Shortage
  2. Hours of Service
  3. Driver Compensation
  4. Detention/Delay at Customer Facilities
  5. Truck Parking
  6. Driver Retention
  7. ELD Mandate
  8. Compliance, Safety, Accountability
  9. Transportation Infrastructure/Congestion/Funding
  10. The Economy

Commercial drivers and the companies they drive for had considerable differences of opinion between what each saw as the leading concerns. Commercial drivers made up 35.3% of the respondent pool, which totaled 2,119.

Here’s how commercial drivers ranked the issues:

  1. Driver Compensation
  2. Hours of Service
  3. Truck Parking
  4. ELD Mandate
  5. Detention/Delay at Customer Facilities
  6. Speed Limiters
  7. Driver Training Standards
  8. Driver Distraction
  9. Transportation Infrastructure/Congestion/Funding
  10. Autonomous Truck Technology

Motor carriers accounted for 51.1% of those who responded to the survey.  This is how they ranked the issues:

  1. Driver Shortage
  2. Driver Retention
  3. Hours of Service
  4. Compliance, Safety, Accountability
  5. Transportation Infrastructure/Congestion/Funding
  6. Detention/Delay at Customer Facilities
  7. The Economy
  8. ELD Mandate
  9. Insurance Cost/Availability
  10. Tort Reform

Other industry stakeholders accounted for the remaining 13.7 percent.

Driver compensation appeared on the list of issues for the first time as did detention.