trucking 2015Results are in from polling that got going a week ago with Part 1 of Todd Dill's Year in Review: four in ten operators are staring down a year that they expect to be categorically better than the previous one, from a business perspective. Optimism could well be expected, given the above-average rate picture this year, the late downturn in diesel prices and the late-year regulatory victory that was the rollback of the restart restrictions introduced in 2013.

ownerOperatorforecastAt the same time, comparing the results to those of a similar poll conducted over the period heading into 2014 a year ago, it’s easy to see that uncertainty is up among readers, with a quarter of poll respondents declining to forecast the coming year — only just slightly more than one in ten did the same last year.


Nonetheless, as owner-operator Michael Wright had it, “The company I am leased to is expanding slowly and bringing in some good people that have proven track records. My average per-loaded-mile rate has been steadily going up, and I expect a good Winter and Spring. The rest of the year, we shall see… Anything can happen, but so far, I am optimistic.”


This story was originally written by Todd Dills, and appeared January 2, 2015 on