DRIVER SHORTAGE LEADS TOP TEN LIST OF TRUCKING?S CONCERNS
Organization?s Findings Will be Used to Develop Strategies
? 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.
The driver shortage
and diesel fuel issues top the list in ATRI?s survey of more than
4,000 trucking industry executives. The complete results were
released in Dallas, TX at the 2006 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 driver
shortage and diesel fuel, other ?Top Ten? issues a re
driver retention, Hours-of-Service, congestion, government
regulations, highway infrastructure, tort reform, tolls/highway
funding and environmental issues.
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 stakeholders.
?I have long
advocated for the industry to better prepare itself to deal with
change,? said ATA Chairman Pat Quinn (US Xpress, Chattanooga, TN),
?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.?
legislative and regulatory topic, issues come and go so quickly
today,? said Doug Duncan (FedEx Freight, Memphis, TN), ATRI
Chairman. ?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