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CSA2010 and DAC Report to Cause More Lost Jobs for American Truckers


Thousands of truckers in the United States lost their jobs in 2009.   With the economy not getting any better and nothing on the horizon to suggest that it will, are American truckers being set up for employment termination for 2010?   Is the proposed program, CSA2010 and the truck driver’s DAC Report combining forces to weed out thousands of experienced, higher paid drivers to bring in new drivers at a much lower pay scale?  Are we preparing for an influx of new foreign drivers into the United States market by opening the Mexican border which would allow the trucking companies to move our freight at a much lower pay rate for drivers?   Is this an economic attack against American drivers?   Many believe that it is.   One trucking company has stated that FMCSA expects 175,000 driver jobs will be lost when CSA2010 is implemented.

Working very quietly in the background, it has been reported that several trucking companies are having safety meetings telling some drivers that the FMCSA is planning to do a three year background check on all truck drivers DAC Report, state and company records.   Based on the information found, the driver will be given a point rating.   Drivers found to have three or more violations of any kind will be given an unfair rating and the trucking company will be forced to terminate the driver from their employment.   A point can be assessed against the driver in relation to the proposed BMI (body mass index) of the driver and the other related point scale within the new CSA2010 regulations.  It is our understanding that this data collection against American truckers will be complete by July, 2010.   Furthermore, the large majority of this data will be provided by DAC Services, the corrupt agency which allows false information to remain on drivers reports.

Several months ago I mentioned this scenario to Donna, but never publicly announced it.  Now, I am hearing the same concerns from others within the industry: “Is DAC Services and CSA2010 working together to force experienced, hire paid drivers out . . . to bring in drivers that can be paid at a lower rate?”

Will the Government now hold drivers responsible for operating poorly maintained company equipment?   Will drivers be assessed violation points if their body weight is more than what the Government says it should be?   Is the FMCSA going to take the word of HireRight DAC Trucking Services?

Is this a Governmental attack against American truck drivers to make room for lower paid, foreign drivers?

What do you believe is going on with CSA2010 and the DAC services?

Be sure to tune in to Truth About Trucking “LIVE” talk radio, Thursday, January 21st, 2010 at 7 PM EST for our Trucking Topics Open Discussion.

With the near destruction of the U. S. manufacturing industry and auto dealers going out of business on a near daily basis, the trucking industry is one of the largest sector of industry on the planet.  Is this a way to ensure its survival?

Would the U. S. Government really do such a thing, or is this another “conspiracy theory?”

Open lines on Blog Talk Radio’s premier trucking talk show . . . Post your comments here . . .

Read our updated post at:   CSA2010 Severity and Point System Safety Rating for Truck Drivers

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By: 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"

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  1. Eskimoe Joe

    First they came for the manufacturing jobs…then they came for the tech jobs…now they are after us!!!! We are “The last of the Buffaloes” and the only decently paid blue collar workers left in this nation. Rats don’t like sunshine. Hopefully your effort to expose these criminals will serve to stop this effort.

  2. Allen Smith

    There are many trucking advocates watching these issues very close and blogging about them through-out the net. We will have to keep watch and see how it all plays out … Allen

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  4. QBall

    I find it irritating that they are doing this whole BMI thing and expect drivers to be in shape. I have yet to see any truck stop have a gym, nor do I see any of the major fitness chains running to install truck parking for us. I think this is a lawsuit just waiting to happen here.

  5. Allen Smith

    We will be addressing these issues Thursday 1/21/10 and ensure the questions that are being raised among drivers are in fact correct or just rumor.
    We are very fortunate to be having as a caller in our Open Forum Blog Talk Radio Show 7m 1/21/10:
    Mike Rone of RMR consultants.
    RMR Consultants provides professional advice regarding Specialized D.O.T. Compliance, support, and information regarding Regulatory matters.

    Have your questions available and let’s address these issues.

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  10. Robert Ramey

    Allen” the radio show of 1/21/2010 was a disappointment” I’m sorry to say. With the”Patches” CB chatter taking up most of the show. The CSA2010 guy’s were a little” informing. The time devoted to the Real issue of the DAC nightmare! was minimal! This Dac “HELL” should be the focus” for all” American Truckers! if it has not destroyed” a Driver personally yet! it can or will! I can’t state it enough! THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE against the Truck Driver in our world! I have been through Hell” because of these DAC people! I cannot make a living! I’ve lost everything! I don’t want anyone to go through, what I’ve been and am still” going through. Drivers” wake up! and focus! before this happens to you! If we don’t stand up to this DAC…we will” fall to it! Please hear what I am saying to you! This is the most important issue” facing us, today!

  11. Allen Smith

    Hi Robert: There were many callers on the line, but most were as “listeners.” As long as there are no call-ins waiting to talk, I enjoy letting callers such as “patches” continue as long as time allows and if nobody else is waiting to speak. Also, giving him and others time to discuss the issue with the other call ins on the line, such as the gentleman about CSA2010. The purpose of the show was to let the “callers” determine the subject line, thus, I never brought up DAC. If you had wanted to make DAC a subject of the show, you were more than welcome to have participated as a call in. There are still those who believe DAC is no problem to drivers … We will be doing more shows on DAC in the future. We have received hundreds of emails from those who thought the show went very well. Sorry you found it disappointing.

    We still receive opposition from drivers, claiming that DAC is 99% accurate with their reporting, and that they are no threat to drivers . . . check out what this driver is spreading around the net:

    He gives no valid proof for his 99% number that he throws out there . . .

  12. Rick

    I have been out of the trucking industry for about 15 years and I do not every remember hearing about DAC. Now I hear it and read about it all the time. When was the inception of the DAC report?

  13. Allen Smith

    Hi Rick: The DAC, which stands for “Drive-A-Check”, has been around for about 25 years.

  14. Crystal

    my husband was the only one working last year and we just lost our house due to the low income. they say he’s being paid 30cpm but then they take away 14cpm and pay it back at 12cpm in the form of per Diem which is for his cost of living due to being away from the house just like my dad’s company used to pay. when we filed taxes his final taxable income was less than $16000 and that is significantly lower than minimum wage when you take into consideration that he’s working 70 hours a week plus, depending on whether or not he does a 34 hour restart. he would need to be paid a minimum of $32045 annually in order to equal minimum wage and per Diem is entitled to be drawn equivalent to $16276 totaling $48321 or three times the amount my husband was actually paid for last year. this of course means my husband is only making $2.41 per hour on the average. why hasn’t the federal government addressed this issue instead because then drivers wouldn’t have any reason to fudge their log books to make the extra miles so they can actually pull a paycheck and do it legally and thus in turn reducing the amount of exhausted drivers on the road!!!!!!

  15. Crystal

    i hate to say it but i do agree with the fitness requirement but just slightly, there are some truck drivers out there that literally have their belly roll laying on top of the steering wheel while they drive and i think that there is a possibility that they wouldn’t be able to avoid an accident due to interference from the belly being in the way

  16. Allen Smith

    Per Diem pay is always in the best interest of the company … here’s a post I did on per diem … sorry you had to go through this …

  17. wayne siskey

    so what. im not obese,and its disgusting to look at,but its another way to control people.These people still have to have good blood pressure,low sugar levels,good eye sight,etc. Dang it. this is rediculous.

  18. wayne siskey

    Why is it,that the suck ups that pretend to be doing something for the truck driver,always (the first response)say that there are many drivers that agree with whatever you think is dangerous.what about that,allen??

  19. wayne siskey

    Yes,but what it is allowing carriers to put on it has gotten out control.

  20. Herb Harster

    First of all what is the justification for the csa 2010, The statistics clearly show that even before 2010 the truck related accidents were at the lowest since 1975, and on the decline. This has nothing to do with safety whatsoever, it is a way for governments at the Fed.and state level to levy fines and collect revenue more easily. What they are doing is going to backfire.It will only raise the truck accident rate by taking experienced drivers off the road and replacing them with UN experienced drivers, who have not been driving long enough to accumulate any negative points on there DAC report. However over time as they gain experience, they will be exposed to more inspections and safety checks. This will end up disqualifying them as well. I urge anyone who has been disqualified or cannot get employment due to a DAC report to write there congressman and join the OOIDA. WE MUST STOP BIG BROTHER IN HIS TRACKS
    This about revenue plan and simple.

    • Allen Smith

      “In the Name of Safety” is what ALL the proposals and new mandates are about. Lobbyists go to Washington and get what they want. Who is going for the driver? Let me rephrase that, “who has enough money to pay for campaigns and lobby?”
      Speed limiters- Who wants them? The ATA and Safety groups. They all know very well that 75-80% of all fatal truck accidents are NOT the fault of the commercial motor vehicle. It’s an entirely different motive and agenda.

  21. LISA

    What is being fat got to do with driving ability. I’m overweight, hadn’t received a ticket in 10 or more years or any accidents! CSA is already tight enough without going to this measure. What would happen if regular motorists had to deal with CSA2010 measures? What will they say when there are rules placed on regular driver’s licences for being overweight? Have the politicians are one’s responsible for all this been paid to weed out American truck drivers to make way for Mexican drivers. What is happening to our “America”? We are loosing our rights constantly to non-americans. Mexicans should not be allowed to come over and take our jobs.

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