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ATRI Releases Top Pennsylvania Trucking Industry Issues Report for 2023

ATRI Releases Top Pennsylvania Trucking Industry Issues Report for 2023

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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