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ATRI: Fuel costs top the list of trucking industry issues

The American Transportation Research Institute recently released its 18th annual Top Industry Issues report, identifying the leading industry concerns including fuel prices, the driver shortage, truck parking, driver compensation, the economy and for the first time, speed limiters. In a year that saw record-high fuel costs, fuel prices were ranked as the top industry concern,

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ATRI-developed assessment tool used to ID safe, younger drivers

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has released the results of the Phase 1 Beta Test of its Younger Driver Assessment Tool. This is the second in a series of technical memoranda from ATRI exploring the potential for an assessment tool to identify the safest drivers among 18- to 20-year-olds. ATRI says its beta test

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Technology to mitigate skyrocketing insurance premiums

While the social and economic impacts of the pandemic have been front and center this year, insurance has remained a top concern among fleet leaders in 2020. In its annual report, the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) listed insurance cost and availability as the fifth most pressing issue facing trucking. In fact, ATRI’s annual Operational

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ATRI GPS data shows critical truck deliveries continue despite COVID-19

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has released data showing that trucks are continuing to move—in many cases faster than usual—to respond to the demands placed on the industry by the COVID-19 pandemic. “ATRI’s real-time GPS data comes from more than a million trucks, allowing us to analyze freight flows, and so far in March,

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Driver shortage, hours-of-service rules, driver compensation top list of industry concerns

According to the American Transportation Research Institute’s annual Top Industry Issues report, for the third year in a row, the driver shortage is the top-ranked issue for trucking fleets, as they struggle to recruit and retain qualified drivers.

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ATRI study quantifies driver detention impacts

The American Transportation Research Institute has released the results of a new analysis on the safety and productivity impacts of truck driver detention at customer facilities. The analysis is based on over 1,900 truck driver and motor carrier surveys conducted in 2014 and 2018.

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ATRI: The driver shortage is the trucking industry’s biggest concern

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), a not-for-profit trucking industry research institute, unveiled its top ten industry issues report, headed by the driver shortage in the top spot. The significant need for qualified drivers to meet the nation’s growing freight demand surged six spots in the annual survey to top the list of concerns this

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Trucking industry congestion costs topped $63.4 billion in 2015

Traffic congestion on the U.S. National Highway System (NHS) added over $63.4 billion in operational costs to the trucking industry in 2015, according to research from the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI). ATRI calculated delay on the NHS totaling more than 996 million hours of lost productivity, which equates to 362,243 commercial truck drivers sitting

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ATRI: Decline in operational costs driven by fuel prices

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) today released the findings of its 2016 update to “An Analysis of the Operational Costs of Trucking.” Using financial data provided directly by motor carriers throughout the country, this research documents and analyzes trucking costs from 2008 through 2015 providing trucking industry stakeholders with a high-level benchmarking tool, and

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ATRI seeks fleet manager input on fuel economy and fuel usage

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), in conjunction with the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) and ExxonMobil, has launched an online survey seeking fleet manager input on fuel economy and fuel usage.  The survey will be investigating current and future approaches to improving fuel economy in heavy-duty truck fleets.  Current and future trends in

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Trucking industry congestion costs topped $49.6 billion in 2014

Traffic congestion on the U.S. National Highway System (NHS) added over $49.6 billion in operational costs to the trucking industry in 2014, according to research from the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI). ATRI utilized a variety of data sources as well as a revised methodology which facilitated the expansion of its previous cost of congestion research

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ATRI research quantifies impact of non-preventable crashes on CSA scores

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has released its latest CSA research, “Assessing the Impact of Non-Preventable Crashes on CSA Scores.” In this analysis, ATRI investigated the impact that excluding non-preventable crashes would have on motor carrier CSA Crash Indicator BASIC measures. The analysis used carrier crash records, mapped to the FMCSA’s Motor Carrier Management Information

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