The state of the nation's economy tops the list on concerns among more than 5,000 trucking industry executives surveyed by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), the trucking industry's not-for-profit research arm. Results of the annual survey were unveiled this week at the 2009 Management Conference and Exhibition of the American Trucking Associations in Las Vegas.
Government regulation, which has been on a steady climb since the inaugural survey in 2005, came in as the second-most pressing issue this year. In addition to the economy and government regulation, other issues in the top 10 include fuel, congestion, hours of service and the environment. Truck size and weight appeared for the first time in the 2009 survey as a key productivity issue that many industry stakeholders feel must be addressed.
The ATA-commissioned survey results and proposed strategies will be utilized by the ATA Federation to better focus its advocacy role on behalf of the U.S. trucking industry and ATA Federation stakeholders.
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