New Study Aims to Get “Critical Input” From Truckers on Impact of COVID-19

Arlington, VA – Trucking industry research and trade groups have already begun studying the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the United States transportation and logistics industry.

The American Trucking Research Institute (ATRI) in conjunction with the Owner Operator Independent Driver’s Association (OOIDA) Foundation have launched a new survey to better understand the new trucking environment.

ATRI indicates the research focuses heavily on a twenty-five question survey that solicits critical input from truck drivers and motor carrier staff who are encountering coronavirus impacts such as limited shipper access, changing distribution patterns and traffic-related issues.

 

“Our goal is to complete the data analysis as quickly as possible, as it can provide important guidance to public and private decision-makers,” said Dan Murray, Senior Vice President at ATRI. “The COVID-19 pandemic is a moving target, and we can’t afford to design policies and supply chains around guesswork.”

Tom Weakley, Director of the OOIDA Foundation, also weighed in on the importance of the study.

“This survey will help us confirm what we know anecdotally, that the trucking industry is leading the charge in responding to food and medicine shortages among other critical supplies,” he said. “We need everyone’s input on this effort.”

 

The groups say all survey responses will be kept “strictly confidential” and data will only be reported in aggregate form.

“Due to the sensitivity of this research, under NO circumstances will we release any of your personal or organizational information,” the survey states.

ATRI and OOIDA urged anyone involved in trucking operations to respond.

If you are interested in answering the survey or reviewing the questions, click HERE.

 


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