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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"

FMCSA controversy and the flip flop dilemma

Apr
4,
2019
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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is an agency in the United States Department of Transportation that regulates the U.S. trucking industry and is  the lead government agency responsible for regulating and providing safety oversight of commercial motor vehicles … Continue reading

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Safety Tips for Driving Alongside Tractor-Trailers

Mar
30,
2019
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Safety Tips for Driving Alongside Tractor-Trailers As a big rig driver, it’s common to get asked to reveal some of the craziest stories of other drivers on the road. Unfortunately, all too often there are many safety concerns when it … Continue reading

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In spite of losing in Courts and Congress FMCSA grants ATA petition

Feb
12,
2019
1

After years of losing in courts and losing in Congress, on September 24th, the ATA made a last attempt to petition the FMCSA to preempt the California labor laws applying federal Hours of Service regulations. On December 21st, the FMCSA … Continue reading

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Court decisions are turning the tide in favor of Truckers Wages

Jan
31,
2019
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Recently there has been a series of court decisions which have shaken the trucking world and have caused carriers to be accountable for their unethical behavior of trucker wage theft.  Court decisions and cases are turning the tide on carriers, … Continue reading

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U.S. Supreme Court Decides Transportation Independent Contractors Exempt from forced arbitration under Federal Arbitration Act

Jan
18,
2019
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A huge win in the US Supreme Court for Professional truckers, specifically Independent Contractors, who will no longer be forced into arbitration under the Federal Arbitration Act.  Independent Contractors exempt from Federal Arbitration Act The case is New Prime Inc. … Continue reading

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On and off the Road Again

Dec
14,
2018
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A popular phrase of the 1970s was “Keep on Trucking.” Like many catchphrases, this one did not account for all the exceptions to the rule. While large semis traveling down America’s highways are a vivid symbol of robust commerce and … Continue reading

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Must-Have Smartphone Apps for Truckers

Dec
14,
2018
1

Whether we like it or not, smartphones and even tablet computers have become essential parts of the road life for truckers. These mobile devices are a great way to keep up with friends and family, stay abreast of regulation laws, … Continue reading

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Truckers Christmas Group reaches out to families going through difficult times

Dec
10,
2018
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The Truckers Christmas Group (TCGO) began in 2008 by Truckers who wanted to help Truckers and their families that have fallen on bad times, have a better Christmas.  Christmas Group has raised $82,000  and helped 138 trucking families in need  over the … Continue reading

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Staying Healthy as a Truck Driver

Nov
29,
2018
1

The truck driving life can be fun for those who have a passion to pursue the open road. That being said, it’s easy to pick up some unhealthy habits in this profession. Driving all day and sleeping in the truck, … Continue reading

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Modern Logistics Companies Use Big Data to Enhance Fleet Performance

Nov
29,
2018
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Customers who rely on modern logistics firms to ship cargo seamlessly from one place to another sometimes fail to appreciate the sophistication of real-time logistics and supply chain monitoring technologies. Many firms utilize tracking to obtain “Big Data” inputs. This … Continue reading

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