A Look Back on the Biggest Trucking News of 2019

Jun 8, 2019

Law Office of Stanley E. Robison, Jr - Law and Government - Legal


Welcome to the Law Office of Stanley E. Robison, Jr's comprehensive review of the biggest trucking news stories that shaped the year 2019. As a leading authority in the field of law and government, we understand the importance of staying informed about the latest industry developments. In this article, we delve into the key events and trends that unfolded in the trucking industry throughout the past year, providing you with a detailed overview of the changes that have shaped the landscape.

1. Changes in Regulations

One of the notable highlights of 2019 was the implementation of several new regulations impacting the trucking industry. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) introduced the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate, which required commercial drivers to track their hours of service electronically. This significant change aimed to improve safety and ensure compliance within the industry.

Additionally, the FMCSA rolled out changes to the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, establishing a database to monitor drug and alcohol violations among commercial drivers. These measures represent the government's commitment to enhancing safety standards and reducing risks associated with substance abuse in the trucking sector.

2. Technological Advancements

The year 2019 witnessed remarkable progress in trucking technology. One of the major advancements was the increasing adoption of autonomous vehicles, with leading companies such as Tesla and Uber investing heavily in self-driving truck technology. The promise of improved efficiency, reduced costs, and enhanced safety has driven the industry towards exploration and development in this area.

Furthermore, the integration of Internet of Things (IoT) devices and telematics solutions into trucking operations gained traction in 2019. Fleet managers embraced real-time tracking platforms and predictive analytics tools to optimize routes, minimize fuel consumption, and enhance overall operational efficiency.

3. Environmental Concerns

Sustainability and environmental consciousness became increasingly important topics of discussion in the trucking industry during 2019. As the global focus on climate change intensified, trucking companies began investing in greener technologies and eco-friendly practices.

Many truck manufacturers started developing electric and hybrid trucks to reduce emissions and mitigate the industry's environmental impact. Several states also introduced stricter regulations regarding emissions and noise pollution, urging the adoption of cleaner transportation solutions.

4. Driver Shortage and Workforce Challenges

The trucking industry faced ongoing challenges in addressing the persistent driver shortage issue in 2019. With an aging workforce and a lack of new recruits, companies had to implement innovative recruitment strategies and improve working conditions to attract and retain qualified drivers.

This shortage not only impacted the industry's growth but also led to increased shipping costs and longer delivery times. As a result, companies explored various approaches, including improving driver training programs, providing better benefits and incentives, and leveraging technology to optimize scheduling and reduce driver fatigue.

5. International Trade Developments

Throughout 2019, the trucking industry closely followed key developments in international trade, particularly the ongoing negotiations surrounding trade agreements and tariffs. The trade tensions between the United States and China, as well as other global economic shifts, had a significant impact on trucking companies involved in import and export operations.

Changes in trade policies and the imposition of tariffs led to shifts in supply chain dynamics, affecting freight volumes and transportation patterns. Understanding these developments was crucial for industry players to navigate the evolving landscape and make informed decisions.


The year 2019 marked a transformative period for the trucking industry. From regulatory changes to technological advancements and workforce challenges, staying abreast of the latest news and trends was imperative for industry professionals.

At the Law Office of Stanley E. Robison, Jr, we pride ourselves on providing comprehensive legal support and guidance to clients in the trucking sector. Our team of experienced professionals understands the complexities of the industry and the impact of these changes on businesses.

As we move forward into a new decade, we remain committed to helping our clients navigate the evolving legal landscape of the trucking industry. Stay informed, stay competitive, and trust in our expertise for all your legal needs.

Matthew Sheridan
Great recap of the top trucking news stories from 2019! Very informative.
Nov 11, 2023