Hours of Service Tops List of Trucking Concerns For Third Straight Year

(November 12, 2015) - The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) recently unveiled its list of the critical issues facing the North American trucking industry. For the third year in a row, the industry ranked the Hours-of-Service (HOS) rules as its top industry concern.

For the past two years, major HOS impacts on supply chains were the impetus behind the first place ranking. In this year’s survey, carriers and drivers voiced their concern over the uncertain future of the current suspension of the rules. (SC&RA’s successful effort earlier this year to gain a limited  exemption from the 30-minute rest break provision of the HOS regulations for oversize/overweight loads moving under a permit makes this issue less significant for many of the Association’s members.)

Moving up a position from last year, FMCSA’s continued challenges with its Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program resulted in a second place ranking. CSA was closely followed in the ranking by the growing shortage of truck drivers. Related to the driver shortage, driver retention retained its fourth place ranking this year as trucking fleets work to retain their most experienced and qualified drivers.

The lack of available safe truck parking rounded out the 2015 list as the number five issue. Since first appearing as an issue in the annual survey, truck parking has been on the rise as an industry concern. It initially ranked 8th in the 2012 survey and has steadily climbed to the top five issues.

Click here for a copy of the survey results. 

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