The FreightWaves Top 10: Bankruptcies, capacity concerns, protests and Trevor Milton’s departure

2020 saw many significant news stories in the freight industries that extended beyond COVID. In fact, among FreightWaves’ Top 10 stories of the year, COVID-related articles barely appear — showing up just once.

To fill the FreightWaves Top 10, we didn’t choose the stories we liked the best — we let you, the reader, decide. These are the Top 10 stories on based on page views, from No. 10 to No. 1.

10. A company by another name
Once simply a chain of fueling stations, Pilot Flying J has evolved into a larger and more encompassing petroleum and retail business. To better reflect its status, the company sought a new name in 2020.

Read Alan Adler’s article: Pilot Flying J changes name to capture totality of businesses

9. No time to rest
While California has been the poster child for enforcing meal and rest break laws on commercial truck drivers, Washington state came under fire in 2020 from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for the same reason.

8. Keeping trailers full
Anheuser-Busch is one of the most forward-thinking companies on the planet, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the beverage giant sees reducing the number of empty miles its trucks travel as a critical component of a broader sustainability program.

Read John Paul Hampstead’s article: Anheuser-Busch’s sustainability challenge: 20 million empty miles

7. Goodbye diesel
With more than 2 million miles under his belt, Karl Williams knows a thing or two about driving a diesel truck. But after testing an electric Freightliner eCascadia, the veteran driver said he was done with diesel.

Read Alan Adler’s article: Heavy-duty electric truck driver ditches diesel

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