Photo: 35089073 Gajus | Dreamstime
Dreamstime M 35089073

ATRI seeks input on trucking’s top concerns

Sept. 8, 2022
Research organization’s 2022 Top Industry Issues Survey is open through Oct. 7, with results to be revealed at ATA’s upcoming Management Conference in San Diego.

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) wants to know what keeps you up at night—but the data that comes from ATRI’s annual Top Issues Survey informs industry stakeholders and decision-makers all year long to help ease some of those worries.

Case in point: From the view of motor carriers, the industry’s driver shortage  topped the annual list last year for the fifth year in a row. From the view of commercial drivers, compensation and truck parking tied at the top of the list. The ATRI findings were quoted during industry meetings and online discussions of pressing trucking issues the rest of the year and into 2022—and solutions have been sought.

See also: ATRI launches survey on driver-facing cameras

Driver retention was No. 2 on the 2021 list, from the fleet perspective, while detention and delays and customer facilities were the No. 2 concern of drivers.

The trucking research organization recently launched the 2022 version of the Top Industry Issues Survey, which annually asks industry stakeholders to rank key areas of concern and share potential strategies for addressing each concern. The results of the 2022 survey will be released Oct. 22 as part of American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) Management Conference & Exhibition in San Diego.

Now in its 18th year, ATRI’s analysis not only ranks the issues overall, but it also provides insights into how critical topics are ranked differently by motor carriers and drivers. The ATRI report also allows stakeholders to monitor issues over time to better understand which issues are rising, or falling, in importance to the trucking industry.

“The annual Top Industry Issues Survey has long been a crucial part of understanding the issues facing our country’s supply chain,” said Harold Sumerford Jr., ATA’s chairman and CEO of J&M Tank Lines.

See also: ATRI seeks input on Midwest truck parking management system

“ATRI’s research provides a chance for thousands of trucking industry professionals, from drivers to executives, to weigh in on the most important topics that affect trucking and collectively decide on the best strategies for addressing each.”

Click here to complete the survey, which will remain open until Oct. 7. More than 2,500 trucking industry stakeholders participated in the survey last year, including motor carriers, drivers, industry suppliers, driver trainers, law enforcement, and others. Nearly 25% of the survey respondents were professional truck drivers.

“I encourage my fellow drivers to take a few minutes and complete the Top Industry Issues Survey,” said Steve Fields, an America’s Road Team Captain and a professional driver for Yellow.

“Whether your top issue is truck parking, driver compensation, detention, traffic congestion or something else, it only takes a few minutes to make your voice heard and for us collectively to let the industry know what drivers are most concerned about.”

About the Author

FleetOwner Staff

Our Editorial Team

Kevin Jones, Editorial Director, Commercial Vehicle Group

Josh Fisher, Editor-in-Chief

Jade Brasher, Senior Editor

Jeremy Wolfe, Editor

Jenna Hume, Digital Editor

Eric Van Egeren, Art Director

Sponsored Recommendations

Reducing CSA Violations & Increasing Safety With Advanced Trailer Telematics

Keep the roads safer with advanced trailer telematics. In this whitepaper, see how you can gain insights that lead to increased safety and reduced roadside incidents—keeping drivers...

80% Fewer Towable Accidents - 10 Key Strategies

After installing grille guards on all of their Class 8 trucks, a major Midwest fleet reported they had reduced their number of towable accidents by 80% post installation – including...

Proactive Fleet Safety: A Guide to Improved Efficiency and Profitability

Each year, carriers lose around 32.6 billion vehicle hours as a result of weather-related congestion. Discover how to shift from reactive to proactive, improve efficiency, and...

Tackling the Tech Shortage: Lessons in Recruiting Talent and Reducing Turnover

Discover innovative strategies for recruiting and retaining tech talent in the trucking industry at our April 16th webinar, where experts will share insights on competitive pay...

Voice your opinion!

To join the conversation, and become an exclusive member of FleetOwner, create an account today!