Welcome to the blog about less than truckload motor carriers and the history behind the companies. The companies presented her are, for the most part, long gone. This happened due to the Motor Carrier Act of 1980 that deregulated trucking companies. Prior to date, beginning in 1935, trucking companies were heavily regulated in terms of where they could operate, other truck lines that they could acquire and which highways they could use. The companies were mostly profitable and employed thousands. Their operating rights, or authority to operate, were like gold on the balance sheets. After deregulation became law, those rights were worthless as anyone could operate a trucking company and go where they felt money could be made. Truckload carriers took over and one by one the LTL companies vanished. This is their story. This is their history. I present it here so they will not be forgotten.