Driver costs now outstrip fuel expenses for most fleets ATRI report says Photo by Sean KilcarrFleet Owner

Driver costs now outstrip fuel expenses for most fleets, ATRI report says. (Photo by Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner)

ATRI: Low fuel prices cut trucking costs in 2015

Average marginal cost per mile dropped 6% to $1.59 in 2015, based on data gathered directly from motor carriers, group says.

A new report compiled by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) indicates average marginal cost per mile declined 6% in 2015 versus 2014 due almost completely to low diesel fuel prices.

The group said average marginal cost per mile dropped to $1.59 in 2015, down from $1.70 in 2014 – largely attributed to the steady fall in diesel prices experienced last year.

Yet ATRI also pointed out that driver costs – including their wages and benefits – first time since the group began collecting such data in 2008 now represents a higher percentage of overall trucking costs than diesel fuel.

One new addition ATRI’s report this year centers on fleet-wide fuel economy, fleet operating speeds, plus the relationship between speed limiter use and fuel economy.

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