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Stories of 10 major events in the trucking industry in 2015

Stories Of 10 Major Events In The Trucking Industry In 2015Let s face it, 2015 deserves a rest. In fact, it needs to hit the showers and let a fresh, new year take over. Luckily, that happens Friday.

But before 2015 hangs it up, it s worth looking back at a wildly busy year in the American trucking industry.

Here are 10 stories that were responsible for, at least in part, what kept us all hopping in 2015.

See All of Our Year End Coverage[1]

  1. Stories Of 10 Major Events In The Trucking Industry In 2015

    I-80 crash in Wyoming

    Two High-Profile Pileups on I-80 in Wyoming. Within the span of four days there were two massive weather-related pileups on I-80 near[2] Laramie, Wyo. The first, on April 16 involved 50 vehicles, including a number of trucks. While no one was killed, I-80 was closed for almost three days. The second, on April 20, resulted in one fatality and 16 injuries. In both instances, police blamed vehicles driving too fast in snowy conditions for the pileups.

  1. OEMS Exit Mid-America Trucking Show. One by one, the major truck manufacturers announced they would not exhibit[3] at the 2016 edition of the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville, Kty. Daimler Trucks North America, Volvo Trucks, Mack, Navistar and Kenworth all said they will not participate in the show in March. There were also calls for MATS to be staged every other year instead of annually. MATS management said the show will go on as scheduled.
  1. Stories Of 10 Major Events In The Trucking Industry In 2015

    TCA s John Lybolt

    Leadership Changes at ATA and TCA. In October, Governor Bill Graves[4] announced he will retire as president of the American Trucking Associations (ATA) at the end of 2016. In August, Brad Bentley announced he was leaving the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA). The ATA said it will stage a national search for Graves replacement, while John Lybolt[5] took over at TCA in late December.

  1. Continuing Parking Problems. When the American Transportation Research Institute released its report titled Critical Issues in the Trucking Industry for 2015 in October, high on the list was the lack of suitable truck parking,[11] In fact it ranked fifth on ATRI s list. Also in the past year, the Federal Highway Administration released a report that confirmed those finindgs, and an deep dive into the parking problem by our sister publication Overdrive found truck parking is bad all over.
  1. Stories Of 10 Major Events In The Trucking Industry In 2015

    Inspiration is licensed to drive on highways in Nevada.

    Autonomous Trucks Arrive on U.S. Highways. In early May, with the Hoover Dam as a dramatic and massive video screen, Freightliner introduced the first road-legal, so called self-driving truck. Inspiration s[12] arrival including driving across the top of the dam was covered by a huge press corps. While called self-driving, the Inspiration still must have a driver on board.

  1. Deadline Set for Electronic Logging Devices. As the year came to a close, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety dropped a long-awaited major regulatory bomb when it made public the final rule requiring truck drivers trade in their paper logs for electronic ones. The ink was hardly dry on the pages of the Federal Register when the Owner Operators Independent Drivers Association challenged the ELD rule in federal court. Legal issues notwithstanding, ELDs are due in trucks by late December 2017. Some drivers, especially owner/operators say they ll leave the business before installing an ELD.
  1. Stories Of 10 Major Events In The Trucking Industry In 2015Passage of a Federal Highway Bill. Congress made history in late December by finally passing a five-year, $305 billion surface transportation funding bill. And, while it provides much needed money for repairing and building highways and bridges, the 2,000-page bill included a slew of regulatory changes for the trucking industry including a mandated detention time study, CSA reforms, drug testing changes and changes in how the FMCSA makes rules. However, some of the changes sought by the trucking industry were cut from the final bill, including allowing 33-foot double trailers.


  1. ^ See All of Our Year End Coverage (www.truckersnews.com)
  2. ^ two massive weather-related pileups on I-80 near (www.truckersnews.com)
  3. ^ major truck manufacturers announced they would not exhibit (www.truckersnews.com)
  4. ^ Governor Bill Graves (www.truckersnews.com)
  5. ^ John Lybolt (www.truckersnews.com)
  6. ^ Take Our Poll (polldaddy.com)
  7. ^ new revenue record last year of $700.4 billion (www.truckersnews.com)
  8. ^ new report (www.truckersnews.com)
  9. ^ 660 Minutes: How Improving Driver Efficiency Increases Capacity. (www.truckersnews.com)
  10. ^ irst degree aggravated manslaughter (www.truckersnews.com)
  11. ^ suitable truck parking, (www.truckersnews.com)
  12. ^ Inspiration s (www.truckersnews.com)

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