2019’s Top 10 Critical Issues Facing The Trucking Industry

As 2019 winds down, here are the main issues that faced the trucking industry this year according to  a survey conducted by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI). As expected, driver compensation was the most critical issue in the trucking industry for commercial drivers in 2019. The top issue for motor carriers was finding drivers due to a driver shortage.

Below, is a list of the top ten issues for commercial drivers (as reported by drivers) in 2019:

Commercial Driver Critical Issues – 2019

1.       Driver Compensation

2.       Hours-of-Service

3.       Truck Parking

4.       ELD Mandate

5.       Detention/Delay at Customer Facilities

6.       Speed Limiters

7.       Driver Training Standards

8.       Driver Distraction

9.       Transportation Infrastructure

10.   Autonomous Truck Technology

The ATRI also took a poll to find out the top ten concerns for motor carriers. The results are listed below:

Motor Carries Critical Issues – 2019

1.       Driver Shortage

2.       Driver Retention

3.       Hours-of-Service

4.       Compliance, Safety, Accountability

5.       Transportation infrastructure

6.       Detention/Delay at Customer Facilities

7.       Economy

8.       ELD Mandate

9.       Insurance Cost/ Availability

10.   Tort Reform

The above lists were gathered from over 2000 motor carriers and commercial drivers. 2019 was a challenging year for the trucking industry and for the second year in a row, driver shortage and retention remain at the top of the list of critical issues.







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