Portable Sanitation Association International

Association Insight, March 3, 2021

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ASSOCIATIONINSIGHT Portable Sanitation Association International News BIWEEKLY EDITION MARCH 3, 2021 Page 2 Report Provides Benchmarks for Portable Sanitation…continued from page 1 Continued on page 17 Based in Minneapolis, ATRI published its annual analysis of the operational costs of trucking in November. 1 While this annual report covers trucking data in general, it contains several data points that may be of particular interest to leaders in the portable sanitation industry. Truck Basics According to ATRI, the average age of straight trucks on the road— those with two axles not pulling trailers—was 8.4 years in 2019. Trucks like these, similar to those used in the portable sanitation industry, are driven about 34,100 miles per year on average. In 2019 they had an average trade cycle of 10.2 years, so we can assume each truck is typically driven around 350,000 miles total. Fuel Efficiency Ongoing improvements in engineering and technology components can play a key role in improved fuel efficiency, but the overall fuel economy of trucks continues to be low according to the trucking firms reporting in ATRI's sample. Between 2018 and 2019, average mileage changed slightly for both sizes of trucks most common in the portable sanitation industry. It is likely if fuel prices rise, we will see investment in more efficient vehicles. At present, however, high upfront purchase costs of alternative-fuel vehicles compared to the incremental fuel savings make these trucks an unpredictable investment. According to ATRI, only a small percentage of trucks on the road use alternative fuels right now—about 15 percent of carriers had them in 2019, up from 13 percent in 2018. Compressed natural gas (CNG) is the most common alternative fuel choice for vehicles on the road at this time. According to ATRI, close management of truck speeds can help with fuel economy. Speed governors (along with adaptive cruise control) can increase MPG when utilized effectively. For portable sanitation companies operating mostly in crowded urban settings, this tool may not do you much good. But for those companies whose drivers spend time at highway speeds, it has the potential to save you some respectable money. The large majority of ATRI survey respondents that utilize speed governors (91 percent in 2019, up from 86 percent in 2017) saw a nearly one MPG improvement (from 5.6 MPG to 6.4 MPG) in fuel economy in 2018. For portable sanitation companies, improving fuel economy by 0.8 MPG—however you accomplish it—can make a big difference on your bottom line. The savings from a 0.8 MPG change in fuel economy translates to nearly an 11 percent savings in fuel costs per truck. 1 Read the full current ATRI report and ATRI's prior year report for comparison of some data found in this article Basic Truck Data 2019 Average age, straight trucks on the road 8.4 years Average miles per year 34,100 Average trade cycle 10.2 years Average life of the truck 347,820 miles Typical Truck Operating Weight Avg MPG 2018 Avg MPG 2019 Less than 20,000 lbs 6.4 6.8 20,001–40,000 lbs 6.6 6.4

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