What Are the Top Issues Facing the Trucking Industry Today?

The American Transportation Research Institute recently posted its yearly survey of the most critical issues facing the trucking industry. In it, they offer a list of 29 issues that “have been identified as the top industry issues for 2016 by industry professionals.” Survey participants are asked to choose the three most important issues facing their businesses.

Last year’s survey ranked these as the 10 most critical issues facing the trucking industry:

1. Hours of Service
2. CSA
3. Driver Shortage
4. Driver Retention
5. Truck Parking
6. ELD Mandate
7. Driver Health/Wellness
8. Economy
9. Infrastructure/Congestion/Funding
10. Driver Distraction

ATRI is part of the American Trucking Associations (ATA), which represents 35,000 carriers across the U.S., and includes the largest trucking companies.

Curiously, driver detention time isn't one of the 29 issues listed by ATRI, even though 84% of the 257 carriers and owner-operators that DAT recently surveyed said that detention was one of the top five problems affecting their business. The ATRI survey does ask participants to add any issues that weren’t listed, though.

What’s the top issue facing your trucking company today? Let us know in the comments.



Matt Sullivan

Matt Sullivan joined DAT Freight & Analytics in 2014, covering topics for motor carriers, freight intermediaries and shippers. Prior to joining DAT, Matt spent more than 10 years in journalism as a writer and editor for the Anchorage Daily News, Nashville Scene and other publications.