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Operational Costs of Trucking
The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) is again conducting its annual survey of for-hire motor carriers to collect information on trucking industry operational costs in order to update ATRI’s ongoing Operational Costs of Trucking report. ATRI is seeking cost data from 2017 associated with operating a truck. The final report, which will be made available in early Fall, will support studies related to industry productivity, driver issues, and fuel efficiency. Please note that the questions below are focused on TRUCK-TRACTORS. If your fleet also operates STRAIGHT trucks, you will have an opportunity at the end of the survey to submit separate cost information for the Straight trucks in your fleet.

All respondents submitting a completed, usable survey will receive an advance copy of the 2018 Operational Costs of Trucking report.

Your survey responses will be kept completely confidential.  Due to the sensitivity of this research, under NO circumstances will we release any of your personal or organizational information.  As needed, ATRI will sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement.

Please note:
  • You can save the survey at any time and complete it at a later date.  Before exiting the survey, click SAVE AND EXIT at the bottom of the screen.  
  • When you click SAVE AND EXIT you will be provided with a URL to use to return to your responses.  Please save the URL in a convenient location or choose to have it emailed to you.
  • You can review and edit your responses as often as you like before submitting to ATRI; simply remember to click SAVE AND EXIT at the bottom of the screen.
  • You will be able to view and print a summary of your responses on page 7 of the survey.  If you need to make changes to the survey, click BACK at the bottom of the page.
  • When you are done with the survey and ready to submit your responses to ATRI, click FINISH at the bottom of the page.   

If you have any questions, please contact Alan Hooper at or 770-432-0628. 
Please enter your contact information below.  Occasionally ATRI will follow up with survey respondents to clarify answers.  Your information will be kept strictly confidential.  All respondents will receive an advance copy of the report.
First Name
Last Name
Position / Title
Street Address
What was your fleet's IFTA mileage in 2017?
(Include Owner-Operator miles reported for IFTA purposes)
What was your company’s annual trucking-related revenue in 2017?
(Exclude brokerage/logistics revenue)
What is your primary for-hire business operation type?
(Select one)
*What are the three primary types of commodities that your company hauls?
(While your company may haul multiple commodities, select only the top 3 most frequently hauled commodities.)
Are any of the trucks in your fleet speed limited or governed?
Based on your fleet's IFTA miles, what percentage of your drivers' trips were in the following categories in 2017?
(It is not necessary to enter the % sign, please enter only the number which indicates percent of trips.)
Total must sum to 100%
Do not enter % sign after number.
Local pickups and deliveries (less than 100 miles)
Regional pickups and deliveries (100 - 500 miles)
Inter-regional pickups and deliveries (500 - 1,000 miles)
National (greater than 1,000 miles)
Please estimate the percentage of miles traveled by your fleet (include owner operator miles) in the following regions during 2017.

Total must sum to 100%.  (It is not necessary to enter the % sign, please enter only the number which indicates percent of miles.)
% of Total Miles
Do not enter % sign.
How many drivers did your company employ in 2017 for each type of equipment and employment arrangement?

Company Driver /

Company Truck

Leased Driver /

Company Truck



Truck-Tractor – Single Driver
Truck-Tractor – Team Drivers
Straight Truck