“As your fleet gets older, it takes more skills and more time and more expensive parts,” James Griffin, chief operating officer and chief technology officer at Fleet Advantage said. “It’s kind of a triple whammy.”

Industry sectors experience repair and maintenance costs differently, the ATRI report said, stressing that specialized carriers consistently pay more per mile (23 cents in 2018, up 1 cent from 2017). Less-than-truckload paid 18 cents, down a penny from 2017, and truckload paid 15 cents, up 2 cents from 2017.

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