A Brief History of the Trucking Industry

Trucks have become such a familiar sight on our roads that we don’t even pay particular attention to them anymore. Delivering the goods that we need on a daily basis, trucks are an integral part of shipping in this country and providing services and products that we are in high demand. It is estimated that most of goods transported come directly from the trucking industry.

But it obviously wasn’t always like this. The ubiquitous truck wasn’t always your neighbor on the road and the train, along with the horse and buggy, dominated most transportation of goods. So what is the history of the trucking industry? Over the last 100 years, we’ve seen the explosion of the trucking industry and the roads we drive on have seen nothing but growth.

Some other milestones include:

  • 1935- Congress passes the Motor Carrier Act, giving the Interstate Commerce Commission the authority to regulate the motor carriers and drivers involved in interstate commerce.
  • 1967- The Department of Transportation (DOT) is created. Its primary function is to oversee braking standards, driver licensing, and maximum work hours.
  • 1980- The Motor Carrier Act partially deregulates the trucking industry. The decade that followed saw the rise of hundreds of new trucking companies.
  • 1995- The Interstate Commerce Commission is abolished.
  • 2008- Rising diesel fuel prices threaten smaller trucking companies.

Now that you know a little more about the history of the trucking industry, you may find the trucks we share the road with more interesting. Contact us today to learn more!

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