December 14, 2017 12:00 PM, EST

2017 By the Numbers

Year in Review

As a busy 2017 comes to a close, let’s see which stories topped the charts and garnered the most buzz on social media. Check out our most-viewed content this year:


Four of our top five articles this year (based on pageviews) covered one of the hottest issues in the trucking industry in 2017 — the ELD mandate. The other top story dealt with a new Wal-Mart initiative that punishes shippers for not delivering on time.

1. Nov. 8: Paper Logs Can Ease ELD Transition, FMCSA Officer La Tonya Mimms Says

2. July 12: Wal-Mart Will Punish its Suppliers for Delivering Early

3. Oct. 19: FMCSA Grants UPS Several ELD Exemptions

4. Oct. 11: FMCSA Grants Truck Renting and Leasing Association a Limited Five-Year ELD Exemption

5. Aug. 28: Trucks Without ELDs Won’t Be Placed Out of Service Until April 1, CVSA Says

2017 YEAR IN REVIEW: Complete coverage, links to additional features


Photo galleries

Philip Scott Andrews for Transport Topics

The most-viewed photo galleries all featured trucking conventions. While photos from the National Truck Driving Championships topped the list last year, that event dropped to third in 2017 and was replaced by the Mid-America Trucking Show.

1. March 23-25: Mid-America Trucking Show

2. Feb. 27-March 2: Technology & Maintenance Council

3. Aug. 9-12:  National Truck Driving Championships


We published 47 cartoons in 2017, all created by cartoonist Philip Shade. Here are the top three most popular (based on pageviews):


Looking for something to watch? Our top video this year (based on YouTube views) was a breakdown of the Knight-Swift Merger. The list was rounded out by two videos discussing the ELD mandate.





The top tweet this year (by number of impressions) highlighted a UPS Inc. program that involves electric tricycles delivering packages in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The second most-viewed tweet focused on a new NFI Industries warehouse in New Jersey, and No. 3 was a look at Nikola Motor’s progress on its new hydrogen-electric Class 8.