Trucking Market Headed Into Favorable Territory

According to the TCI (Trucking Conditions Index), the trucking industry is headed in a steady upward direction with little change in the negative direction. With the TCI, the optimal readings are above ten which would indicate that the carriers are experiencing prices, volume, and margins that are beneficial to them. While it’s not necessary for the readings to be over 10, anything over 0 is seen as positive for the industry as a whole.

In the last four months, the TCI rating has fluctuated over ten consistently, varying from a little over 10 to 15+. Since the beginning of the year, the ratings are as follows:

  • January: 11.5 (2017: 2.67)
  • February: 15.41 (2017: 5.11)
  • March: 10.30 (2017: 2.97)
  • April: 11.5 (2017: 7.03)

The index numbers are two to three times higher than the first four months of last year, due to the combination of low cost of diesel fuel plus an increased need for transportation. This increased demand is expected to sustain through 2019, another positive for the industry on the whole. The TCI rating is likely to rise throughout 2019 as well as the industry looks to add more truckers along with becoming ELD (electronic log data) compliant. With this increase in drivers, the need for safe, predictable parking will be as important as ever, a problem whose solution is uniquely created by RigPark.

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