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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"

The overreach of Regulatory Power- How far can it go?

Oct
22,
2016
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One of the biggest concerns for most Americans is the size and power of government,specifically the “regulatory arm” of the Federal bureaucracy. Truckers know this all too well. Many times, in the name of “safety,” the Federal Motor Carrier Safety … Continue reading

Is ATA honoring pledge to the Truck Parking Coalition?

Oct
11,
2016
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 Is the ATA honoring their pledge to the National Truck Parking Coalition?  It seems like yesterday that DOT released their Truck Parking Survey. The Jason’s Law Truck Parking Survey and Comparative Assessment was conducted by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) … Continue reading

Truck Parking Coalition proceeds to focus on parking crisis

Sep
21,
2016
5

In an effort to address the truck parking crisis, the Federal Highway Administration created the National Coalition on Truck Parking consisting of industry stakeholders.  Four events were scheduled to discuss the problems. As we approach the final meeting of 2016, … Continue reading

Trucker Advocacy Video Contest Winners

Sep
12,
2016
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Starting in March 2016,Trucking Social Media (TSM) conducted a Truck Driver Video Advocacy Campaign, inviting all truckers to submit their video on the TSM. Videos were categorized in the Video Contest Category of TSM and were then shared through Social … Continue reading

TSG brings health, wellness, and ‘good times’ parking to GATS

Aug
23,
2016
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For the 2nd year, the Trucking Solutions Group (TSG) joins trucking’s finest to bring quality health information, products, and services to professional drivers at the GATS Health and Wellnes Pavilion. AUGUST 25-27, 2016 Dallas, Texas The Landstar Health and Wellness … Continue reading

Attorneys discuss live 3.1M sex discrimination case

Jun
29,
2016
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Attorneys discuss live 3.1M sex discrimination case June 30, 2016 Thursday 6:00 pm Eastern Listen on your phone (646) 200-0616 or via the Link “Discrimination is not the Solution to Sex Harassment in Trucking”     Discrimination appears in many … Continue reading

CPAP America assists driver Sleep Apnea needs without exploiting

Jun
13,
2016
2
Ed Frost CPAP America

  CPAP America News of the Week- Their Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at the Gloucester County Chamber Of Commerce- Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony takes place at their flagship location (943 Kings Highway West Deptford, New Jersey) on Friday, June 17, 2016 at 10 am … Continue reading

What It Really Costs to Own a Commercial Truck

May
25,
2016
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What It Really Costs to Own a Commercial Truck   Truckers often dream of the day when they can purchase their own Class 8 and become independent contractors or better, owner-operators. However, commercial vehicles are not cheap, which is why … Continue reading

Truckers Fighting Speed Limiter Regulation

May
23,
2016
2

Truckers Fighting Speed Limiter Regulation           If drivers do not want Speed Limiters on heavy trucks from becoming another law, then they will need to do something. As professional truck drivers, we are aware of how … Continue reading

To Repair or to Replace: When Commercial Vehicles Break Down

May
20,
2016
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To Repair or to Replace: When Commercial Vehicles Break Down   A truck in your fleet has started billowing more black smoke than usual, or the lifting arm on your excavator just doesn’t lift like it used to. The time … Continue reading

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