Top Carrier Concerns
Driver shortage, HOS impact much on the minds of carriers
The ongoing driver shortage along with the impact of hours of service (HOS) changes made by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) last July remain the dominant concerns facing carriers and are expected to remain so for some time to come, according to research conducted by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI).
In a conference call with reporters arranged by Wall Street investment firm Stifel Nicolaus & Co. last week, Rebecca Brewster, ATRI’s president & COO, noted that when the group analyzed just carrier responses to the 2013 edition of its annual “top ten industry issues” survey, the driver shortage and HOS changes were ranked as the most pressing worries.
As a result of those findings, Brewster said ATRI has two new studies underway: one designed to dig into how the industry compensates drivers and another on the demographics of the truck driver population.