COLUMBUS, Ohio: The CK Commercial Vehicle Research (CKCVR) conducted a survey in January suggesting that the United States truck fleets will be going solid in 2016.
Forty-eight American fleets took part in this survey and mentioned the good levels of demand they see for services with high rates of equipment utilization. Yet, shortage of drivers continuously challenges the US’s for-hire OTR fleets.
There were other major results from the Q1 2016 Survey of Fleet like:
- In comparison to 2015, lesser fleets were thinking to make power unit purchases in 2016, Q1; no doubt the overall volume of units was higher.
- The noted utilization of equipment is more than 90% and 85% for trucks and trailers respectively.
- More than half of the fleets said they require drivers urgently.
- On an average, participants of the survey favourably view powertrain packages that are integrated by OEM.
- Participating fleets are operators of 46,000 heavy and medium duty trucks with more than 1, 38,000 trailers. They stand for variedly mixed fleet demographics.
Chris Kemmer of the CKCVR marked out the similarity these results have with the results of last year’s same period. The results of Q1 2015 and Q1 2016 match very closely. Hence most of the respondents said their annual purchases will also be similar to that of 2015.