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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"

Truckers can enter to win All Expense Paid trip to Nashville from RoadPro

Jul
8,
2019
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RoadPro Kicks Off the Ultimate Nashville Getaway Giveaway Palmyra, PA (July 2019) – RoadPro Family of Brands is pleased to announce The Ultimate Nashville Getaway Giveaway specific to the professional truck driver. Drivers can enter to win an all-expenses paid … Continue reading

Driver who refused to drive in hazardous weather wins OSHA STAA case

Jul
5,
2019
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Driver who refused to drive in hazardous weather wins OSHA STAA case For many years now attorney Paul Taylor of Truckers Justice Center has been standing up for truckers and their rights.  Mr. Taylor won his most recent case for … Continue reading

Decisions for Long Haul Truckers

Jun
27,
2019
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Perhaps you currently drive a big rig for a company and want total freedom to transport loads when and where you want. Or, you recently received your Class A CDL license and are anxious to make your first run. Regardless … Continue reading

Cut Through Fog With Good LED Marker Lights

May
15,
2019
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iowa 80 fog light

Cut Through Fog With Good LED Marker Lights Marker lights on your truck keep you and others on the road safe. Semi-trucks are some of the largest occupants of the road and because of this, drivers need to be able … Continue reading

Making Health a Priority as an Over the Road Trucker

Apr
25,
2019
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Making Health a Priority as an Over the Road Trucker The lifestyle of a long-haul truck driver isn’t the healthiest by a long shot. Being responsible for hauling loads hundreds of miles away, truck drivers spend a great deal of … Continue reading

Recent crash test demo and GAO study strengthens Underride debate

Apr
24,
2019
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The General Accounting Office (GAO) confirmed in their most recent report, claims what MANY have been saying for 50 years regarding truck underride fatalities. “There are many and they are under reported.” The March 26 Crash test Event in D.C. … Continue reading

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

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

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

Feb
12,
2019
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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

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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