The unsteady state of the economy and proposed changes to truck driver hours of service rules top a list of critical concerns for trucking executives in 2011.
An alleged driver shortage placed third, followed by the federal Compliance, Safety and Accountability initiative, considered likely to shrink the driver pool. The American Transportation Research Institute released the list Oct. 17 at the 2011 American Trucking Associations Management Conference in Grapevine, Texas.
Trucking executives put the state of the economy on top of the list for the third consecutive year, with 31 percent citing it as their most critical concern. Hours-of-service reform rose from fourth place in 2010 to second place, as the Department of Transportation prepares to release a new final rule.
Following the CSA program, the top concerns were fuel, congestion, transportation funding, tort reform, onboard truck technology and truck size and weight.