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ATRI Releases Top Pennsylvania Trucking Industry Issues Report for 2023

November 14, 2023 10:40 AM | Megan Magensky (Administrator)

Each year the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) releases the "Critical Issues in the Trucking Industry" study ranking the top ten issues industry members identify in a survey. PMTA distributes this survey to members. If a state turns in over 40 responses, ATRI will put together a top ten list for that individual state along with solutions to address those issues.

This is Pennsylvania's Top Ten List for 2023: 

1. Truck Parking

  • Advocate for a dedicated federal funding program to increase truck parking capacity at freight-critical locations.
  • Encourage local and regional governments to reduce the regulatory burdens limiting the construction and expansion of truck parking facilities.
  • Research the relationship between truck parking availability and highway safety.

2. Economy

  • Identify and promote reforming / repealing ineffective and burdensome regulations that increase industry costs without providing benefits.
  • Quantify the impact of increasing trucking operational costs on the supply chain and nation’s economy.
  • Advocate for reshoring and near-shoring of equipment and parts manufacturing to reduce the reliance on international supply chains.

3. Driver Shortage

  • Advocate for expanding interstate CDL eligibility to 18-20-year-old drivers.
  • Research the primary factors behind drivers leaving trucking careers.
  • Support an industry-funded outreach program to improve the trucking industry’s image.

4. Driver Retention

  • Research and promote the retention strategies of carriers that continuously experience low driver turnover.
  • Conduct market research on truck driver experiences and perspectives mapped to truck driver tenure data.
  • Evaluate the impact of truck driver benefits, including health insurance and retirement benefits, on driver retention.

5. CSA

  • Work with FMCSA to update its carrier prioritization methodology, improve its accuracy, and enhance transparency in CSA.
  • Advocate for FMCSA to speed up the DataQ process by improving internal processes for reviewing Request for Data Reviews (RDRs).

6. Driver Distraction

  • Advocate for national standards for distracted driving laws for all motorists.
  • Encourage harsher penalties and more aggressive enforcement of distracted driving laws for all road users.
  • Quantify the role of car driver distraction in car-truck crashes.

7. Lawsuit Abuse Reform

  • Promote state-level reform to cap damages paid to plaintiffs in truck-involved crashes.
  • Quantify the impact of third-party litigation funding on trial outcomes.

8. Equipment / Parts Shortages

  • Analyze recent data on equipment costs, availability, and economic conditions to improve industry response to future shortages.
  • Investigate the challenges and requirements of near-shoring and other truck parts sourcing practices.

9. Driver Training Standards

  • Work with driver training schools to develop and/or update “best practices” and model curricula.
  • Research the impact of Entry-Level Driver Training regulations on highway safety.

10. Zero-Emission Vehicles

  • Quantify the charging infrastructure requirements and subsequent supply chain cost increases of zero-emission truck mandates.
  • Assess the potential of a Federal Excise Tax (FET) repeal for encouraging fleet investment in newer, more energy-efficient equipment.
  • Research the impacts of battery-electric vehicles on transportation infrastructure, crash response and first responder safety.

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