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ATRI calls for truck drivers to participate in detention survey: impact on industry examined

ATRI calls for truck drivers to participate in detention survey

March 29, 2024
The survey is the second of three ATRI plans to conduct in 2024 regarding detention. The first was issued in January.

The American Transportation Research Institute recently requested data from truck drivers regarding their detention experiences at customer facilities. This data collection is part of an ATRI study examining the effects of detention on the trucking industry.

The issue of driver detention, i.e., time spent waiting at shipper or receiver facilities outside of loading/unloading, has long been a problem in the trucking industry. Accordingly, ATRI’s Research Advisory Committee identified the need for new research to document the adverse effects of driver detention for carriers, truck drivers, shippers, and the economy.

The short survey asks truck drivers to share details confidentially about their experiences with driver detention and how it impacts their day-to-day life, professional livelihood, and perceptions of the industry.

See also: Clark: Detention is the bane of drivers and fleets

While at the Mid-America Trucking Show last week, ATRI staff collected more than 250 surveys from truck drivers in attendance. Through the online version, drivers nationwide can provide input into this important research.

“Drivers routinely rank detention/delay at customer facilities among their top industry concerns,” said ATRI President Rebecca Brewster. “This research will update our 2019 analysis on detention to see how and if things have changed post-pandemic.”

Truck drivers are encouraged to complete the online survey, which will remain open through April 26, 2024.

In January, ATRI issued a detention survey specifically for motor carriers. Another detention survey will be issued later this year for shippers/receivers. 

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