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ATRI seeks respondents for operational costs report

March 13, 2023
The research organization is asking fleets to fill out information on their operations' costs, which will then be compiled into a report that carriers can use to compare their expenses to fleets of similar sizes.

The American Transportation Research Institute is requesting motor carriers participate in a survey to update its annual Operational Costs of Trucking report.

ATRI’s 15th annual Operational Costs of Trucking is one of the most used and most comprehensive benchmarking tools in the trucking industry, ATRI stated in a press release. ATRI confidentially collects costs and operational data directly from trucking fleets and owner-operators, and its analysis reveals key trends for fleets of each sector, size, and region.

Respondents can fill out the survey on ATRI’s website until April 28. All confidential information is protected and will be published only in anonymized, aggregate form.

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The fleet metrics requested by ATRI include driver pay, fuel costs, insurance premiums, and equipment lease or purchase payments. Carriers and owner-operators are asked to provide full-year 2022 cost-per-mile and/or cost-per-hour data through an easy-to-use online data entry form or email submission. By carrier request, this year’s report includes valuable new efficiency metrics, such as miles between breakdowns.

Participating motor carriers will receive a customized report that compares their fleet’s costs and operations to peer carriers of the same sector and size, as well as an advance copy of the full report.

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“ATRI’s Ops Costs report is indispensable for benchmarking our operations; it confirms what we are doing well and notes where we can achieve additional cost savings,” said James Burg, James Burg Trucking president and CEO. “And the customized peer-group assessment is invaluable to our benchmarking activities.”

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