Monday, October 18, 2010

US Trucking Survey Analyses Critical Issues For Road Freight

Economy Seen as the Biggest Challenge
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US – The 2010 Management Conference and Exhibition of the American Trucking Associations (ATA) meeting in Phoenix, Arizona heard the results of the latest American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) survey into the most critical issues facing the nation’s truckers, and, unsurprisingly, the state of the economy was viewed as the most serious.

The ATRI is a not-for-profit research institute based in Arlington, Virginia whose primary mission since 1954 has been to conduct research in the field of transportation, with an emphasis on the trucking industry's essential role in a safe, efficient, and viable transportation system. In addition to announcing the causes requiring concern and attention the ATRI also solicited and tabulated specific strategies for addressing each issue.

For the first time the Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 (CSA 2010), the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s new regulatory framework for evaluating carrier and driver safety, featured in the top ten issues, and it came straight in at second place, just behind the economic problems but in front of last years number two, Government regulation.

The ATA commission the survey every year and it provides a useful focus for the entire North American truck industry. ATA Chairman Tommy Hodges commented that the ATRI annual survey offers a clear roadmap of the strategies the industry as a whole needs to pursue whilst Bill Graves, ATA President and CEO said:

“It is vital for the trucking industry to stay abreast of the issues and policies that have a profound impact on how we move America’s freight safely and efficiently. Not only must we be prepared to support initiatives that are based on well-founded research and thought, but we must also be ready to vigorously debate initiatives which lack research and practicality.”

A full copy of the survey results should shortly be available on the ATRI website.