Breaking Free

Todd Dills | September 01, 2011

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1964

Teamsters’ first National Master Freight Agreement inked in Chicago, marking a high point of union power in the industry.

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1966

Overdrive creates Roadmasters organization for independent truckers.

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1967

The federal Department of Transportation is formed.

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1967

Overdrive opened the Los Angeles Roadmansion, a fringe benefit for members of Overdrive’s Independent Truckers Association.

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1970

Abolition of the Interstate Commerce Commission is proposed.

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1971

Laws requiring truck drivers to be 21 and to pass a road test before licensing take effect.

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1972

The first Mid-America Trucking Show is held in Louisville, Ky.


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1973

55-mph national speed limit instituted as fuel-saving measure. Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association forms.|

1974

Truckers shut down for nearly 11 days. The impact included a man shot and killed in Delaware and thousands of temporary layoffs.

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1975

Antilock brakes become mandatory. Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa is reported missing.

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1976

Bills to partially deregulate trucking introduced in Congress. None pass.

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1977

Nationwide detention-time payment rule instituted by ICC. “Smokey and the Bandit” premieres.

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1978

Truckers demonstrate in Washington. ABS mandate suspended. “Convoy” premieres.

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1979

Truth in Leasing regulations codified by the ICC. Nationwide independent trucker strikes sparked by fuel prices boil over; Sen. Edward Kennedy introduces radical deregulatory legislation.

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1980

Motor Carrier Act deregulates the industry.

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1982

President Ronald Reagan signs legislation putting a moratorium on cross-border trucking with Mexico and creating the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program.

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1983

Independent truckers shut down to protest hike in fuel tax and other fees. ICC ruling kills detention time payments.

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1984

Motor Carrier Safety Act signed by President Reagan.

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1986

Randall Publishing Co. buys Overdrive from Parkhurst.

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1987

The speed limit increases to 65 mph on rural interstates.

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1990

First Overdrive Pride & Polish truck beauty competition held.

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1992

Commercial driver’s license goes into effect.

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1993

Independent truckers shut down to protest fuel prices. North American Free Trade Agreement signed into law.

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1994

Radar detectors banned in commercial trucks.

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1995

Antilock brakes mandated for 1997.

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1999

Great American Trucking Show debuts in Dallas.

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2000

Massive hours of service revision tabled after industry protests as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is established as a federal agency.

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2001

Attacks on World Trade Center and Pentagon bring a heightened level of security measures to trucking. XM Satellite Radio launches, followed in 2002 by Sirius Satellite Radio.

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2003

Major hours-of-service revision takes effect.

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2007

First cross-border long-haul trucking pilot program begins.

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2008

U.S. descends into largest recession since the 1930s. Owner-operator population declines.

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2010

FMCSA proposes a complicated hours of service revision. The CSA program begins.





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