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The Trucking Industry’s Top 10


Electronic logging device mandate tops the list of concerns in ATRI’s Annual Trucking Industry Survey


BY REBECCA M. BREWSTER Guest Writer


Over the past year there have been a


number of legislative and regulatory actions which have directly and indirectly impacted the trucking industry. In December 2015, Congress passed the long-awaited Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which directed attention and resources to a number of the trucking industry’s top concerns. The FAST Act mandated reform of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program, allocated $225 billion over five years to the highway program, and established a pilot program for younger veteran drivers among other items. December 2015 also saw the issuance of FMCSA’s final rule on electronic logging devices (ELDs), which set a timeline of two years for fleets and drivers using paper logs to convert to ELDs for hours-of-service (HOS) tracking. Among its provisions, the rule grandfathers in existing ELDs until at least December 2019, and sets provisions to prevent the harassment of drivers using ELDs. However, concerns exist over the productivity impacts the industry may experience from ELDs, and at least one legal challenge has yet to be settled. More recently, the U.S. Department


of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the Phase 2 final


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rule on Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for medium- and heavy-duty engines and vehicles. And, in late-August, FMCSA and NHTSA issued the proposed rule on speed limiters for heavy trucks. Combined, these regulatory actions have many in the industry concerned about rising vehicle costs, compliance costs, and impacts to the supply chain. In addition to myriad legislative and


regulatory changes, issues internal to the industry continue to impact fleet operations.


the pervasive staffing challenges faced by the trucking industry. Given these and numerous other issues impacting the nation’s freight system, the American Trucking Associations (ATA) and its Federation partners in the State Trucking Associations (STA) continually seek opportunities to identify and prioritize the industry’s most pressing concerns. For the past 12 years, the industry has relied on the American Transportation Research Institute’s (ATRI’s) annual industry survey to better


1. ELD Mandate 2. Hours-of-Service


2016 TOP INDUSTRY ISSUES 6. CSA


3. Cumulative Economic Impact of Trucking Regulations


4. Truck Parking 5. Economy


7. Driver Shortage 8. Driver Retention 9. Transportation


Infrastructure / Congestion / Funding


10. Driver Distraction


With an aging workforce and lack of new entrants to fill open positions, the industry is still challenged by a growing shortage of commercial drivers and diesel technicians, with no viable solution in sight for addressing


understand trucking’s most critical issues as well as to identify preferred strategies for addressing these issues. The annual survey, which generated more than 3,200 responses from motor carriers


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