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ATRI President Brewster Shares Critical Trends and More with attendees at the AssuredPartners Transportation vertical Symposium.

Among all the operating costs facing motor carriers and drivers these days, insurance premiums rank fourth led by fuel, vehicle purchasing and leasing and repair & maintenance.

These statistics were presented recently by American Trucking Research Institute (ATRI) president Rebecca Brewster to insurance executives attending AssuredPartners Transportation vertical (APT) third-annual Transportation Symposium in Orlando.

Event puts trucking’s thought leaders together

Providing a forum for great dialogue and the exchange of ideas, APT’s Transportation Symposium held October 23 and 24 offered several insurance-premium-influencing discussion topics covering issues relevant to fleet owners, drivers and their insurers. Two break-out topics of great interest were Post-Accident Responses and Drivers, Training and Management – The Impact to All of Us. Both of these sessions were well attended; which is not surprising considering that following best practices in these areas can influence insurance premiums in a positive way.

Top trends and operational issues revealed

ATRI’s Brewster presented mid-afternoon and no one was dozing – or at least they shouldn’t have been considering the wealth of statistics and insights she shared with both vendor sponsors and APT’s nation-wide team of affiliates and group leaders.

Presenting ATRI’s annual trends report Brewster noted the following Top 10 Trucking Industry trends:

  1. Driver Shortage (1)

  2. Hours-of-Service (2)

  3. Driver Compensation (new)

  4. Detention / Delay at Customer Facilities (new)

  5. Truck Parking (5)

  6. Driver Retention (3)

  7. ELD Mandate (4)

  8. CSA (6)

  9. Transportation Infrastructure /Congestion / Funding (8)

  10. Economy (10)

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