Trucking history

March-April 2020

Land Line Staff


April 1, 1929

Consolidated Freightways was founded by Leland James as a single-truck less-than-truckload operation in Portland, Ore. It shut down in 2002, laying off about 15,000 workers.

March 23, 2017

David Webb, a longtime truck driver from Billings, Mont., received the 34th Goodyear Highway Hero Award at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky. Webb earned the award by stopping an out-of-control dump truck before performing CPR on an incapacitated driver.

March 2019

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics issued a report saying there was no evidence of a driver shortage in the trucking industry. “The overall picture is consistent with a market in which labor supply responds to increasing labor demand over time, and a deeper look does not find evidence of a secular shortage,” the report said.

March 29, 2019

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced that FMCSA’s hours-of-service proposal had been sent to the White House. Delivering the news to a room full of truck drivers at the Mid-America Trucking Show, Chao promised more flexibility within the regulations.