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ATRI launches issues survey, FMCSA opens public comment on HOS at GATS

The American Transportation Research Institute has launched its 2018 Top Industry Issues survey. ATRI has been conducting the survey for 14 years, and its findings help industry leaders devise the best strategies to address key trucking issues.

“Its impact can be immeasurable,” ATA chairman Dave Manning said.

The 26 top issues identified by industry professionals for this year’s survey are as follows: Automated Truck Technology; Compliance Safety, Accountability (CSA); Diesel Technician Shortage; Driver Distraction; Driver Health and Wellness; Driver Retention; Driver Shortage; Drug and Alcohol Impacts on Highway Safety; Economy; Electric Powered Trucks; ELD Mandate; Federal Preemption of State Regulation of Interstate Trucking (F4A); FMCS Purpose/Mission; Fuel Prices/Quality; Highway Safety and Crash Reduction; Hours of Service; Independent Contractor Status; Natural Gas in Trucking; Redundant Background Checks and Credentials; Roadside Inspection Efficiency; Tolls and Creative Financing; Tort Reform; Transportation Infrastructure/Congestion/Funding; Truck Parking; Truck Size and Weight; Truck Security/Cargo Theft.

Respondents will be asked to pick their top three issues from the list (write-in issues are accepted) and then rank the importance of three actions related to each of their choices.

The results of the survey will be released at the annual ATA Management Conference and Exhibition in Austin, Texas, Oct. 27-31.

The survey is available at the ATRI website TruckingResearch.org

On the subject of public input, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration opened public comment on revising four areas of the current hours-of-service regulations brought about by the ELD mandate.

The four specific areas under consideration are:

* Expanding the current 100 air-mile “short-haul” exemption from 12 hours on duty to 14 hours, coming in line with rules for long-haul truckers.

* Extending the current 14-hour on-duty limitation by up to two hours when drivers encounter adverse driving conditions.

* Revising the current mandatory 30-minute break for drivers after eight hours of continuous driving.

* Reinstating the option for splitting the required 10-hour off-duty rest break for drivers operating trucks with sleeper-berth compartments.

The first in a series of public listening sessions on the issue will take place from 3-5 p.m. Aug. 24 in Dallas as part of the Great America Trucking Show. Subsequent opportunities will be announced at a later date.



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