IRC Survey: Americans Willing to Pay for Shorter Trucking Drive Times

January 12, 2001

A recent survey of Americans conducted by the Insurance Research Council found that 57 percent of those surveyed believe that increasing the number of hours a truck driver is allowed to drive with no break is unsafe.

More than half (56 percent) said they would be willing to pay more for goods and shipping to have truckers’ total working hours reduced to no more than 12 hours per day. Eighteen percent were willing to pay 1 percent more, another 18 percent would pay 3 percent more, 12 percent would pay 5 percent more, and 8 percent were willing to pay 10 percent or more for goods and shipping to limit truck drivers to working no more than 12 hours per day.

Six in ten respondents reported seeing a large truck being operated in an unsafe manner “frequently,” “fairly often,” or “sometimes.” Most (81 percent) oppose allowing bigger tractor-trailers on the road, which would increase the trucking industry’s efficiency but would be harder to control and potentially threatening to highway safety.

The results contained in IRC’s report, Public Attitude Monitor 2000, Issue 3, are based on a survey conducted by Roper Starch Worldwide. The survey consisted of telephone interviews with 1,000 men and women aged 18 and older. For more information on the study’s methodology and findings visit IRC’s Web site at http://www.ircweb.org .

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