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Understanding the percentage of idle trucks

Posted by The FTR Experts on Mar 22, 2021 9:51:59 AM

Don Ake and Eric Starks were posed with the question, "We know the active portion of the fleet but do we understand the idle portion?"

This Q&A response from the FTR experts came from our March Commercial Vehicle Update webinar. View the video and the key takeaways below. 

 

 
 
Key Takeaways:
  • Traditionally, the historical average of active utilization of trucks sits between 85 to 88% active at any given point in time. So when we're above that 88% active level, which we are now, then the pressure starts to mount.
  • In 2021, we're forecasting just a little over 10% of the fleet to be idle.
  • That means for the balance of 2021 on average, when we look at the full 4 quarters, we're going to see roughly 385,000 trucks sitting idle.
  • By 2023, that number may drop to around 285,000 trucks sitting idle.

 

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Tags: trucking, Capacity Utilization, active utilization, idle trucks

 

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