The shortage of truck drivers tops all transportation industry concerns, a new study reports.
The American Transportation Research Institute 2018 survey found that the driver shortage was by far and away the top concern of drivers and carriers.
In its annual survey of more than 1,500 respondents from the transportation industry, the institute said other top concerns were potential reform to hours of service regulations, driver retention and the Electronic Logging Device mandate.
The issue of the driver shortage ranked as the industry’s top issue for the second straight year, according to the report. The survey found respondents favored pushing for Congress and federal agencies to develop an apprenticeship program to attract, train and retain safe 18- to 20-year old interstate drivers;
Hours of service regulations have been a top-three industry issue for eight straight years, according to the report.
Survey respondents said they favor increased flexibility in the current sleeper berth provision. They also said research is needed to understand the safety and economic consequences of driver delays while they wait to load and unload. In addition, survey respondents said more research is needed on how hours of service rules could be modified for highly automated trucks.
Regarding the ELD mandate, the survey respondents said more research is needed on the relationship between driver compensation models and driver productivity.
Industry concern index
(2018 American Transportation Research Institute)
- Driver shortage: 100;
- Hours of service: 75.1;
- Driver retention: 55.1:
- Electronic Logging Device Mandate: 44.8;
- Truck parking: 42.5;
- Compliance Safety Accountability: 31.4;
- Driver distraction: 30.4;
- Transportation infrastructure: 27.3;
- Driver health/wellness: 17.6;
- Economy: 14.6