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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’s Myths and Facts about Denham Amendment Busted

Apr
26,
2018
4

There is a PDF from the ATA going around the internet and being mailed/emailed out to those within the trucking industry. The PDF and emails sent, are what the ATA considers “Myths and Facts” regarding the Denham Amendment in H.R.4 … Continue reading

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ATA attacks truck drivers advocates for spreading truth about Denham Amendment

Apr
25,
2018
2

  ATA claims that the Truth About Trucking Network (includes AskTheTrucker) is sharing propaganda about the Denham Amendment and states that it is the ATA who is telling drivers the truth. Do you believe that drivers? We were notified by … Continue reading

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April 23, 2018 is D-Day for Truckers

Apr
22,
2018
34

                “Truckers Lose Rights to Additional Wages” This could soon be the headline read by millions of truck drivers across the country as the Denham Amendment moves to the floor next week, as … Continue reading

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Denham Amendment against truckers slipped in the 2018 FAA Reauthorization bill at 11th hour

Apr
19,
2018
10

Drivers, we have 5 days to defeat the latest and 6th attempt by the ATA, who are determined to change Federal existing law (Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act of 1994), by way of the Denham Amendment, into new law, negatively … Continue reading

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James Lamb settled with FTC and Pays nothing except his own legal fees

Apr
17,
2018
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James Lamb settled with FTC and Pays nothing except his own legal fees It all started in October of 2016  when the United States Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) convinced a Federal Judge into believing that a 15 year old small … Continue reading

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Federal Preemption update against Trucker Wages -The fight to be paid for all time

Apr
10,
2018
4

If at first you don’t succeed, try try again. That seems to be the motto of the ATA and others in the trucking industry when it comes to Federal Preemption of States Rights in order for them to be able … Continue reading

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Does Rest bill modify HOS to relieve drivers or allow them to now work a 17 hour day?

Apr
5,
2018
2

In a recent Press Release_ Babin Introduces Legislation to Improve Hours-of-Service Regulations,  U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX-36), attempts to relieve truckers from the negative effects of the ELD mandate which went into enforcement mode on April 1st. The ELD mandate … Continue reading

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ATA lobbies for anti-trucker wage provisions in Omnibus Spending bill

Mar
21,
2018
4

The 1.3 trillion dollar omnibus spending bill, which  funds the government through the end of fiscal 2018, is scheduled to be voted on Friday March 23rd. Anticipated to be in this bill is the  ATA lobbied anti-trucker wage provision which … Continue reading

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Underride Guard Mandate: A Counterargument to Industry Opposition

Mar
5,
2018
4

By: Allen Smith The STOP Underrides Act is a proposed bill to: “reduce the number of preventable deaths and injuries caused  by underride crashes, to improve motor carrier and passenger motor vehicle safety, and for other purposes.” Read more “Unknown … Continue reading

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Unknown facts about underride crashes and prevention

Mar
2,
2018
10

In order to address the decades long issue of underride crashes between semi trucks and other motor vehicles, on 12-12-17 U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) & Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced the Stop Underrides Act, S. 2219 legislation. Shortly after, U.S. … Continue reading

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