More than 65 percent of respondents to a recent American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) annual survey listed the looming implementation date of the federal mandate on the use of Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) as worrisome – enough to give the pending mandate the dubious distinction as the trucking industry’s top concern.
The agency revealed the results of its latest survey, which includes the list of the top critical issues facing the North American trucking industry, at the 2016 Management Conference and Exhibition of the American Trucking Associations (ATA) meeting in Las Vegas Monday. Carriers’ top concern about ELDs were that they could hinder productivity as full deployment of ELDs rolls out.
ATA Chairman Pat Thomas, who is also senior vice president for state government affairs at UPS Inc., says the results of ATRI’s survey reflect what he’s heard from carriers and drivers alike as he’s traveled the country this year on behalf of ATA.
“The ever-increasing regulatory burdens placed on the industry, coupled with the sluggish economy, are creating challenges for trucking as we work hard to keep America moving forward,” he says. To read the full article about trucker's concerns over the new HOS mandate, click here.