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Driver shortage no longer trucking's top concern

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Updated Oct 24, 2022

Thanks to record-high diesel prices and volatile pricing swings at the fuel island, fuel prices unseated the driver shortage as the industry's No. 1 concern, according to the American Transportation Research Institute's (ATRI) 18th annual Top Industry Issues report.

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The driver shortage took the No. 2 spot after holding the top for five consecutive years. This is the first time fuel has made the top 10 list in nine years, coming in at No. 8 in 2013.

The 2022 report, which was shared Saturday afternoon at the American Trucking Associations Management Conference and Exhibition (MCE) in San Diego, had over 4,200 participants – the largest response to date – among carriers (39%), commercial drivers (47%) and other industry stakeholders (14%).