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research, other carriers are focused
on safety performance and on-time
delivery bonuses as a way to improve
their driver retention numbers.
COMPLIANCE, SAFETY,
ACCOUNTABILITY
While it no longer ranks as one of the
top five industry issues, the FMCSA's
Compliance, Safety, Accountability
(CSA) program continues to rank
in the top 10 (No. 6 overall). As the
year progresses, the industry will
have a better idea of how successful
the FMCSA's crash accountability
pilot program is at removing nonpreventable crashes from carrier BASIC
score calculations. The industry will
also have an opportunity to work
with the FMCSA to implement the
recommendations of the congressionally mandated National Academy of
Sciences report on how to improve the
way that carrier safety performance is
measured under CSA.

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INFRASTRUCTURE CHALLENGES
This year, we can also look for
Congress to address the nation's
infrastructure challenges. Given that
the trucking industry hauls a majority
of the freight in the United States,
accounting for 66 percent of the
nation's freight tonnage and 73 percent
of freight value, the state of the nation's
roadways is a critical issue confronting
the industry and ranks ninth overall on
the annual survey.
Poorly maintained roads and traffic
congestion create wear and tear on
vehicles, waste fuel and increase
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drivers and negatively impact industry
productivity. ATRI research estimates
that congestion-related delays cost
the trucking industry $63.4 billion
annually, resulting from more than 996
million hours of lost productivity.
New ATRI research once again
affirms that raising the federal fuel
tax is the most efficient way to
deliver transportation infrastructure
funding. An increase in the federal
fuel tax will incentivize states
to generate multimillion-dollar
matches to the new federal funds,
which will ultimately move the
U.S. closer to the infrastructure
investment goals proposed by both
Congress and the president.
AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES
Another emerging issue to keep an eye
on this year is autonomous vehicles.
Driver-assistive technologies have seen
increased deployment in recent years,
and high-profile test runs of autonomous trucks have generated significant
attention among trucking industry
stakeholders. What this means for the
industry's ability to recruit and retain
qualified drivers going forward will
continue to evolve.
DIESEL TECHNICIAN SHORTAGE
While a significant amount of the
industry's attention has been directed
at the structural shortage of qualified
truck drivers, the shortage of diesel
technicians is also an issue that will
require industry attention in the
years to come. According to the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, trucking
will require 67,000 new technicians

by 2022, in addition to the more than
75,000 new diesel engine specialists
the industry will need in that same
time period.
BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER
Although these issues represent very
specific industry concerns, they are
inherently connected. For example,
the industry is plagued with a perennial driver shortage, which may be
impacted by some drivers choosing
to leave the industry rather than
moving to electronic logs. There's
also speculation that implementation
of the mandate will result in productivity losses of 3 to 5 percent-further
exacerbating the driver shortage.
Lack of flexibility in the HOS rules
will be underscored once all drivers
are on electronic logs. And if ATRI's
truck parking research pans out, the
lack of truck parking will also become
more challenging for drivers whose
available drive and on-duty time
expires without a safe place to park.
This is just the tip of the iceberg.
No matter the issue, it's important
to educate yourself about all the
facts in order to make the best
possible decisions for your business.
It's organizations such as ATRI and
AMSA that can provide the resources
to make that process easier. n
Rebecca M. Brewster is president and
COO of the American Transportation
Research Institute. She will be speaking on
this topic at the AMSA 2018 Education
Conference & Expo and can be reached at
rbrewster@trucking.org.

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