The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) released their annual ranking of the top areas of concern for the trucking industry.

The ATRI surveyed more than 2,500 trucking industry stakeholders throughout North America to create their annual listing of critical issues in 2021. This year, the trucking industry has faced multiple challenges, including lingering global supply chain disruptions initiated by the pandemic, labor issues, and infrastructure problems.

The ATRI provides separate top 10 rankings for drivers only, motor carriers only, and for the trucking industry as a whole. While the “Driver Shortage” topped the list of concerns for motor carriers and the industry overall, drivers were most worried about pay, parking, and detention time.

This year marks the fifth year in a row that the “Driver Shortage” topped the list for the trucking industry overall.

See the ranking of concerns for each of the groups below.

Top 10 Concerns For Truck Drivers in 2021

  1. Driver compensation and truck parking (these two issues tied for the top slot)
  2. Detention/Delay at customers facilities
  3. Fuel prices
  4. Driver training standards
  5. Hours of service rules
  6. ELD mandate
  7. Driver distraction
  8. Transportation infrastructure/congestion/funding
  9. Speed limiters
  10. CSA

Top 10 Concerns For Motor Carriers in 2021

  1. Driver shortage
  2. Driver retention
  3. Lawsuit abuse reform
  4. CSA
  5. Driver compensation
  6. Insurance cost and availability
  7. Diesel technician shortage
  8. Transportation infrastructure/congestion/funding
  9. Driver distraction
  10. Detention/Delay at customers’ facilities

Top 10 Concerns For Trucking Industry Overall

  1. Driver shortage
  2. Driver retention
  3. Driver compensation
  4. Lawsuit abuse reform
  5. Truck parking
  6. CSA
  7. Detention time
  8. Infrastructure funding
  9. Insurance cost and availability
  10. Shortage of diesel technicians

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