Trucking group to look for workforce issues like young drivers, legalized marijuana, cab cameras
ATRI’s Research Advisory Board (RAC) selected its annual list of research topics through contributions, including key concerns identified in the group’s annual Top Industry Issues Survey. This process identified five topics for the ATRI 2021 Research Priority List.
The result focused on two main groups of industry concerns, including the driver shortage and the growing conversation of trucks from diesel to electric power.
The first on the list was to “understand how to best integrate 18 to 20 year olds into the trucking industry”. This research will follow a case study approach to document best practices in recruiting, training and retaining youth in trucking careers.
Second, “considerations for charging infrastructure for electric trucks,” including a trucking industry-focused assessment of issues such as energy demand scenarios, availability of grid connectivity, and vehicle charging requirements.
Third, “Marijuana and Other Drugs: Effects of Decriminalization on the Trucking Industry”. As more states decriminalize marijuana and other drugs, this study would update ATRI’s 2019 report by examining road safety and the impacts on the workforce in those states amending their laws. on controlled substances.
Fourth, “quantify the impacts of driver-facing cameras on fleets and drivers”, with a focus on safety, litigation and impacts on the workforce.
And the fifth was “Understanding the Environmental Impacts of Zero Emission Trucks”, following a comparative environmental impact study of the full life cycle – manufacture, operation and disposal – of Class 8 electric and diesel trucks.
– ATRI (@Truck_Research) May 25, 2021