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February 2022

2021 Top 10 Truck Bottlenecks

For the fourth year in a row, the intersection of I-95 and SR 4 in Fort Lee, New Jersey (aka the George Washington Bridge onramp) has been identified as the #1 worst chokepoint for truckers in America. In what likely comes as no surprise to our members, the other Top-10 freight bottlenecks were:

Each year, the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) uses GPS data from over one million commercial vehicles to quantify the impact of traffic congestion on truck freight at more than 300 specific locations. ATRI publishes the list to assist truck operators in better planning their routes and hours, where possible, to avoid peak congestion times. For the complete list of the top 100 freight bottlenecks, click the button below.

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Use of Off-site Compliance Reviews Grows

In addition, 52% of audits conducted during 2021 resulted in a Conditional rating, if any rating was issued at all. While the Conditional rating may have been justified, carriers who have experienced a Conditional rating often face an uphill battle trying to remove the Conditional rating and replace it with a Satisfactory rating. Meanwhile many brokers and shippers won’t use their services.

Were you audited in 2021, and if so, was it an off-site audit? Our safety consultants are interested in learning more about your real-world audit experiences. Watch your email for a short survey on compliance audits and be sure to respond. If you have specific comments or questions to share, email us at

USDOT to Revive VIUS
Why You Should Care

Starting February 23 and concluding in October 2022, the U.S. Department of Transportation is launching a research effort to help gain a better understanding of the features and purposes of commercial vehicles traveling on U.S. roadways.

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) is relaunching the Vehicle Inventory and Use Survey, or VIUS, to collect real-world data on commercial vehicle use that USDOT and state transportation agencies can use to help plan projects that benefit trucking and logistics. From 1963 to 2002, the survey (then called the Truck Inventory and Use Survey), was conducted every five years but was discontinued in 2002 for reasons long forgotten.

What IS important and why you should care is that you may be among the 150,000 owners of Class 1 – 8 vehicles who receive the initial letter from BTS and the U.S. Census Bureau requiring you to participate. While you are required to respond to the survey, we urge you to view this not as a burden but as a chance to contribute actual vehicle use data that can directly benefit truck operators in years to come.

The confidential survey includes questions on types of goods being transported, frequency of maintenance intervals, miles traveled and fuel economy by vehicle weight, type, and configuration. Sample questions include: “Was [your] vehicle new when you took physical possession of it?” and “What type of transmission did this vehicle have?”

For the first time ever, the survey also will ask for input on parking-assist technologies among other technology questions. For complete information on the VIUS research, log on to

ICSA Member David Bolles Wins $500 TAT Drawing

Congratulations to the ICSA members who were trained and certified by Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) during National Human Trafficking Awareness Month in January and were entered into our drawing for $500!

If you provided us your mailing address, you will be receiving your new ICSA cap in the next few days. The winner of the $500 drawing was David Bolles of Phoenix-based Frontier Express, Inc. Congratulations, Mr. Bolles - you will soon be receiving your check!

ICSA Announces New Safety Awards for Members

Each quarter, ICSA’s safety team will award 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes to a fleet and an individual owner/operator who meet specified criteria. First place winners each quarter will receive a $500 fuel card; 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive useful ICSA merchandise gifts.

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Mike Hitchcock, ICSA Safety Consultant

By Mike Hitchcock, ICSA Safety Consultant

Fault vs Preventability

In the transportation industry we often hear the terms “at fault crashes” and “preventable crashes” used interchangeably. In fact, the two terms are often confused. Determining who is at fault will often depend on the applicable laws and the evidence collected at the scene. Preventability is completely different, particularly for professional drivers. Let me give you an example.

You are driving through a residential area, doing the speed limit and, while you are checking your left mirror, a vehicle backs out of a driveway on the right-hand side of the street, and you hit them. Is this crash your fault? No! Was it preventable on your part?

To determine preventability, we always ask two questions.

  1. Was there something that the truck driver did that caused the crash?

  2. Was there something that the truck driver could have “reasonably” done to prevent the crash?

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