Document And Entity Information - USD ($)
$ in Millions
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2018
Feb. 12, 2019
Jun. 29, 2018
Document And Entity Information [Abstract]      
Document Type 10-K    
Amendment Flag false    
Document Period End Date Dec. 31, 2018    
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2017    
Document Fiscal Period Focus FY    
Entity Registrant Name YRC Worldwide Inc.    
Entity Central Index Key 0000716006    
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31    
Entity Filer Category Accelerated Filer    
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   33,843,786  
Entity Well-known Seasoned Issuer No    
Entity Public Float     $ 331.5
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes    
Entity Voluntary Filers No