An annual survey of fleet representatives found that the driver shortage and improving fuel efficiency are among the key issues for heavy-duty fleets. The findings were published in the CK Commercial Vehicle Research 2014 Annual Fleet Study.
Sixty-six representatives from small, medium and large fleets operating Class 8 trucks responded to a 20-question survey covering issues in the industry. Topics included planned truck and trailer purchases, capacity, brand choices, driver shortage impact and other current trends.
The study found several common challenges facing heavy-duty fleets including the effect driver shortage has on a fleet’s willingness to add capacity.
Equipment purchase plans for 2015 have seen a minimal decline compared with what was planned for 2014 but a higher percentage of deliveries are expected in the first half of next year.
Fleets are interested in technologies that maximize fuel efficiency and safety. Technologies that encourage greater driver recruitment, retention and potential are also important, respondents said.
In addition to answered questions the report also features quotes for those surveyed communicating the issues they face and how fleets are adapting to the current industry.
For more information on the report click here.