LEADS TOP TEN LIST OF TRUCKING?S CONCERNS
Organization?s Findings Will be Used to Develop Strategies
ORLANDO, FL ?
The American Transportation Research
Institute (ATRI), the trucking industry?s not-for-profit research
institute, today unveiled its list of the top ten critical issues
facing U.S. truckers.
Commercial driver hours-of-service rules and the
driver shortage top the list in ATRI?s survey of more than 5,000
trucking industry executives. The complete results were released in
Orlando, FL at the 2007 Management Conference and Exhibition of the
American Trucking Associations (ATA), the nation?s largest gathering
of motor carrier executives. ATRI also solicited and tabulated
strategies for addressing each issue.
Aside from hours-of-service and the driver shortage,
other ?Top Ten? issues include fuel issues, congestion, government
regulation, tolls and highway funding, tort reform, truck driver
training, among others.
The ATA-commissioned survey results and proposed
strategies will be utilized by the ATA to better focus its advocacy
role on behalf of the U.S. trucking industry and ATA Federation
?I have long advocated for the industry to better
prepare itself to deal with change,? said ATA Chairman Ray Kuntz
(Watkins Shepard Trucking Company, Helena, MT) ?and one way to do so
is to better anticipate the challenges ahead. The ATRI survey
results are invaluable in telling us what is important to motor
carriers and which strategies ATA should pursue on their behalf.?
?On every legislative and regulatory topic, issues
come and go so quickly today,? said Bill Graves, ATA President and
CEO. ?If we?re not at the table with sound, science-based
information and a common sense plan of action, then we?re going to
get left behind, and saddled with solutions that have no bearing on
moving America?s freight safely and efficiently.?
ATRI is the trucking industry?s 501(c)(3)
not-for-profit research organization. It is engaged in critical
research relating to freight transportation?s essential role in
maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system. A
copy of the survey results is available from ATRI at