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About: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

ATA seeks FMCSA approval to Preempt state laws which protect trucker wages

Oct
11,
2018
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With the help of thousands of truckers and supporters calling their lawmakers, determined members of Congress standing up and fighting for drivers, once again  the Denham Amendment has been defeated and failed to make it in the Final FAA bill … Continue reading

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Denham Amendment defeated in FAA bill BUT it’s not over- ATA sends petition to FMCSA

Sep
29,
2018
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Denham Amendment defeated in FAA bill but it’s not over- ATA sends petition to DOT Petition from American Trucking Associations sent to FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez on Sept. 24, 2018, regarding meal and rest break requirements. Docket ID: FMCSA-2018-030  Make … Continue reading

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Taking the Xypper Challenge-Increasing the bottom line for Owner Operators

Sep
12,
2018
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Why should Owner Operators take the Xypper Challenge? Efficiency and Higher Profits is the Goal of Xypper for Owner Operators Xypper’s mission is ultimately to help Owner Operators as much as possible and not flood them with” just another system … Continue reading

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Deadlines approach for 2 major trucker issues

Sep
12,
2018
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Deadlines approach for 2 major trucker issues 1) Advanced Noticed of Proposed Rulemaking for HOS 2) The Denham Amendment in the FAA Reauthorization bill If you ask truckers what is your focus right now and what are your priorities to … Continue reading

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Heartland Express to Match Money Raised by Annual GATS Auction Benefiting St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund

Aug
31,
2018
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During GATS 2018, nonprofit St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund (SCF) received $16,038 from the Great American Trucking Show’s annual auction and concert in the TA Petro parking area. Heartland Express to Match Money Raised by Annual GATS Auction … Continue reading

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Truck Drivers bring Hot Legal Topics at GATS

Aug
8,
2018
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HOT LEGAL TOPICS for Truck Drivers during the Great American Truck Show at the Truckers News Stage on August 23, 2018 at 3:30 PM America Strong Stage (Hall A) GATS Stage Schedules Workplace Rights , Protections and Free Ice Cream … Continue reading

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Watch out everyone-The brotherhood of trucking is back

Jul
27,
2018
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How many years have veteran drivers been asking the same questions: Where has the brotherhood of trucking gone? WILL TRUCKERS EVER UNITE? It appears the moment for Brotherhood and Unity is approaching. This October 4-6, truckers will be coming together … Continue reading

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The big connection: driver shortage, ELD’s, and trucker wages

Jul
22,
2018
5

I’m  tired of hearing the term  “driver shortage”! I’ve been listening to this now for 3 decades or more and frankly, myself and just about every other veteran driver, knows that the driver shortage has been just a way to … Continue reading

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House bill offers truckers long sought exemption and relief from ELD mandate

May
29,
2018
1

ELD exemption in House bill 5948- The Small Carrier Electronic Logging Device Exemption Act of 2018 – could be the ELD relief truckers have been seeking Truck drivers are in the midst of 2 of the most heated and pivotal … Continue reading

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The War on Truckers, States’ Rights, and American wages

May
17,
2018
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The war on Truckers, States’ rights, and American wages. The Federal Authority Provision Preempting States’ Rights to Control Wages is Wrong. Today it’s TRUCKERS, tomorrow it could be YOU! The American Trucking Association (ATA) has lobbied furiously to create Federal … Continue reading

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