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and commercial drivers this year, identifies the top ten critical issues facing the North American trucking industry. The results were released in October at the American Trucking Associations’ 2016 Management Conference and Exhibition in Las Vegas. The ATRI Top Industry Issues report also includes prioritized strategies for addressing each issue. The respondents were predominantly

commercial drivers (64.5%), with motor carriers making up 27.8 percent of the respondent pool, and other industry stakeholders accounting for 7.7 percent. Recognizing that the top industry issues impact motor carriers and commercial drivers differently, this year’s report includes separate “Top Ten” lists specific to commercial drivers and motor carriers, in addition to the overall ranking. The looming implementation date of

the federal mandate on the use of Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) topped the list of trucking industry concerns, with more than 65 percent of respondents concerned about productivity impacts the industry may experience from full deployment of ELDs. Although it dropped one position from

its top ranking, Hours-of-Service stayed near the top of the list due to ongoing uncertainty of a final HOS rule. Ranking third in this year’s survey - Cumulative Economic Impacts of Trucking Regulations - is new to the annual list and reflects the industry’s collective frustration with increasing and often costly regulatory requirements. Truck parking moved up this year to

fourth place overall on the top issues list. The growing scarcity of available truck parking creates a dangerous situation for truck drivers who are often forced to drive beyond allowable HOS rules or park in undesignated and, in many cases, unsafe locations. ATRI’s Research Advisory Committee similarly identified truck parking as the top research priority for ATRI in 2015 and since then a number of research

activities have commenced at ATRI focused on identifying solutions to the truck parking challenge. The Economy rounds out the top five

concerns on the list. Stagnant economic growth in the fourth quarter of 2015, as well as slow growth thus far in 2016 caused concern over the state of the nation’s economy to climb three positions to fifth overall. This has generated significant concern among industry stakeholders, who

for the past two years have ranked the economy much lower in the list of annual concerns, thanks to the strong post-Great Recession period between 2011 and 2014. The drop in ranking to sixth place for FMCSA’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program signals some good news for the industry. With the passage of the FAST Act in December 2015, a number of trucking industry concerns with FMCSA’s

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