The impending electronic logging device (ELD) mandate is the trucking industry’s top concern, according to an annual survey by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI).
More than 65% of respondents cited the ELD mandate, and the impact it will have on the industry’s productivity, as their top concern. More than 3,200 motor carrier and commercial drivers were included in the survey.
Hours-of-service had been the top concern for three consecutive years, but this year dropped to the number two slot. Rounding out the top three was the cumulative economic impacts of trucking regulations, a new addition to the list. The lack of truck parking was fourth.
“The results of ATRI’s survey reflect what I’ve heard from carriers and drivers as I’ve traveled the country this year on behalf of ATA,” said ATA chairman Pat Thomas, senior vice-president for state government affairs at UPS. “The ever-increasing regulatory burdens placed on the industry, coupled with the sluggish economy, are creating challenges for trucking as we work hard to keep America moving forward.”
“Knowing what the industry is concerned about, and what strategies it views as most promising for addressing each issue, allows ATA and its Federation partners in the states to better focus our collective efforts on behalf of motor carriers and their employees,” added ATA president and CEO Chris Spear. “The ATRI survey results provide the roadmap we need to put wins on the board for this industry and the nation’s economy as a whole.”