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ELD Mandate Soars to No. 1 on ATRI's Top 10 List of Critical Issues

Partnership With NATSO Produces Parking App


Brewster, Leathers by Joseph Terry/Transport Topics
LAS VEGAS — The American Transportation Research Institute released its annual top 10 list of critical issues affecting the trucking industry on Oct. 3 at the Management Conference & Exhibition. It also announced a new app with the National Association of Truck Stop Owners to address one of those issues: parking.

The report is based on a survey that elicited 3,285 responses from industry stakeholders in North America. ATRI said that 64.5% of the respondents were commercial drivers, 27.8% were motor carriers and 7.7% were other industry stakeholders.

The top concern on the list was the upcoming electronic logging device mandate. All commercial drivers who are required to track hours of service must have an ELD in their truck by December 2017, although the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association filed a lawsuit to vacate the rule. The issue was number six on the 2015 survey.

“We’re already ELD-compliant, but the industry needs some certainty about a firm implementation date and plan toward it,” said Derek Leathers, president of Werner Enterprises Inc., which ranks No. 15 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest U.S. and Canadian for-hire carriers.

The second critical issue was hours of service, which had been the top concern the last three years.

“What is going to be the final resolution to the rule? Is there going to be a cap on the weekly hours? What is the final fix going to look like? So just more uncertainty,” ATRI President Rebecca Brewster said.

Third on the list was the cumulative economic impacts of trucking regulations on the industry overall. The concern, according to the researchers, is about overregulation and the economic impact of ELDs, hours-of-service requirements, speed limiters and drug testing.

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By Ari Ashe
Staff Reporter


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