ATRI annual report shows trucking operational costs down

Decline mostly attributed to drop in fuel costs

Posted September 29, 2016

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) on September 26 released the findings of its 2016 update to An Analysis of the Operational Costs of Trucking. Using financial data provided directly by motor carriers throughout the country, this research documents and analyzes trucking costs from 2008 through 2015.

The average marginal cost per mile in 2015 was $1.59, a six percent decrease from the $1.70 found in 2014. This decline in average marginal cost per mile is attributed mostly to the steady fall in fuel prices experienced throughout 2015, but also identifies the late 2015 economic softening that continued into 2016. And, for the first time since ATRI started collecting the industry’s operational costs data, driver costs now represent a higher percentage of overall costs than does fuel.

New to this year’s report is additional information on fleet-wide fuel economy and operating speeds and the relationship between speed limiter use and fuel economy.

In addition to average costs per mile, ATRI’s report documents average costs per hour, cost breakouts by industry sector, and operating cost comparisons of U.S. regions.

The full report can be viewed on ATRI’s website.

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