According to a new study published by CK Commercial Vehicle Research, US fleets plan to buy slightly less equipment in 2015 than in 2014.
The North American research company asked 66 high-ranking representatives from small, medium and large-scale fleets to share their thoughts on the 2015 season, with a special focus on upcoming truck and trailer purchases.
Reportedly, driver shortage is still the key issue facing transport companies, directly impacting their ability or willingness to add capacity.
As a result, new technologies that “maximise safety and/or fuel efficiency; or improve driver potential, recruitment, and retention” will see more uptake in the coming year, according to CK Commercial Vehicle Research.
“In-house maintenance still is the preference, although some changes are occurring,” the study said – pointing out that original equipment truck manufacturers now play an increasing role as a resource for fleets, providing information, outsourced service and replacement part purchases.