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DAC Report and Company Lease Purchase Plans Big Scams in Trucking

Allen Smith

Allen Smith

By Allen Smith

When I first began publicly exposing the scams of over the road trucking five years ago, I received many hate emails from industry leaders because they did not want the U. S. trucking industry to be given a “black eye.”  I not only believe that it deserves a black eye, but it should be given two of them for the abuses it continues to impose on the professional truck driver.

I receive many emails from truck drivers all over the world, largely from our AskTheTrucker blog and the internet Blog Talk Radio program, Truth About Trucking “LIVE.” These international truckers all ask me the same question . . . “Why don’t American truckers stand up for their rights?” As one listener from Indonesia recently noted:  “We have seen truck drivers fight for their rights in Spain, Greece, South Africa and all over the world.  In a country as great as yours, why do the truck drivers take such abuse from their industry?”

Perhaps it is because they fear losing the support for their families or they feel there is no way they can do battle with a multi-billion dollar industry.  It is largely due to the fact that thousands or even millions of American truckers could never come together as one . . . year after year has shown this.  Because of this fact, two of the biggest scams in the trucking industry continues :  false DAC reporting and the trucking company lease purchase plan.  Having been contacted last year by a State Representative for California, we discussed in detail the problem with these company lease owner-operator programs, a problem they were seeing more of in their state.  In May of 2010, Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Oregon, called for an investigation into the motor carriers that were imposing these scam leases on owner-operators, noting a statement from OOIDA that they have “seen an explosion in scam lease purchase agreements.” Seen an explosion?  It has been going on for years.

You can watch the video of the Congressional hearing from May 5th, 2010.

The next step for Congress is to call for an investigation into the DAC reporting scam by many of these motor carriers.  Having become used as a control and retaliation tool against truck drivers, the DAC Report is responsible for ruining the careers of many truck drivers.  What started out as a good thing for the industry has become a truckers’ worst nightmare.  Recent comments from our Stop False DAC Reporting petition :

  • “Over the years (over40 years) I have been victimized by several companies, but had no recourse because I couldn’t prove that I had been victimized. It is time to hold DAC and the trucking companies accountable for their illegal actions against truckers.”
  • “Drivers have a hard enough time without companies making false statements.”
  • “I myself have been black listed that was in the 90’s.  Thought I had to prove that I was right.  It was as though the trucking companies can put you out of work for the lies that they tell on us all the time, but if we lie on our logs, who gets the ticket?  Who is shut down?  Who has to pay?  I  think you all know the answer to those questions.  So yes,  I  think it’s time — this should have been done years ago.”

Work is being done toward our DAC petition and we will update at the appropriate time.  We have updated the petition to read as follows:

“The DAC reporting services, now known as HireRight is regulated by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) which is an American Federal law codified at 15 U.S.C.
§ 1681 that regulates the collection, dissemination, and use of consumer credit information. Along with the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), it forms the base of consumer credit rights in the United States.”

“Trucking companies knowingly and willfully submit false reports to the DAC Services against professional truck drivers as a means of retaliation, control and blackballing their driving careers. Furthermore, DAC will approve these false claims without any investigation or attempt in allowing the driver to respond.
Although the driver can follow DAC’s procedures for dispute, the ability to have the false accusations removed from their DAC report seldom occurs.

“Truth About Trucking, LLC is preparing to submit a letter to the appropriate Senators and Congress members in order to bring this issue to the attention of our
legislators. We are asking for your signature to show support for this much needed legislation and to help STOP false DAC reporting against our nation’s drivers.

“We the undersigned, are requesting that the U.S. Government enact legislation that will protect truck drivers from the false accusations that trucking companies and/or their employees are reporting to the DAC Services, and that a complete, fair and unbiased investigation be conducted before such report can be filed and for those who report such false claims to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

“This petition is set-forth by Aubrey “Allen” Smith of Truth About Trucking, LLC.”

*  “If you would like to be contacted in regards to any Federal or State Class Action Lawsuit that arises from this petition, please forward your
permission using the
Contact Petition Sponsor Form – otherwise, your email address will not be shared to any other parties, nor collected for commercial purposes.”

“Signatures containing advertising, links or any such kind of commercialization will be deleted.”

Have you been a victim of the truck drivers’ DAC report?  A victim of the company lease purchase scam?  Take our company lease survey and sign the petition.

I believe change can be made in this industry as it relates to driver abuse. Truth About Trucking and AskTheTrucker has one goal . . . and it remains the same . . . to “Raise the Standards of the Trucking Industry.”

Allen Smith

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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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4 Responses to DAC Report and Company Lease Purchase Plans Big Scams in Trucking. - Post a Comment

  1. Reggie

    I plan on starting my CDL training next month at a local CC here in NC. Over the past month or so, I’ve been reading a lot about what to expect and things to be aware of. I’m glad that I have this information although it concerns me that there seems to be so much deception and deceit in the trucking industry. You stated that the truckers don’t fight back because they’re afraid of losing their jobs. Could it also be that most drivers are doing much better than some and they just don’t care about the drivers who aren’t? Seems to me that the drivers are as much a part of their own problem. Ive worked for a few companies and one thing I learned is that management will always have you by the “balls” when there is no unity amongst the work force. Where are the unions and what can be done to keep a company from giving you a false DAC Report? That’s just wrong. They’re messing with your lively hood. The trucking industry has been around too long to have these issues between management and the truckers. I’m trying not to get discouraged. Can you tell me something good about trucking?

  2. Pete K.

    Depending on the company you’re working for, Reggie, some things that are good may be the pretty truck you get to drive (if with a decent company) and the countless cities and towns that you will be both driving through and be in.

    Undoubtedly, you will have a trainer at your first company. Whatever you do, do not take any crap from him or her or let them use their dirty mouth on you for any reason. They are to train you legally and correctly, so whatever else they talk about, consider it BS. However, if they badmouth the company, wait until you are done with training to report it, if you so choose to. Make sure you make the request every week for your pay through the spy satellite system in the truck and DOCUMENT EVERYTHING!!! That includes having a small journal and briefly write down what you and the trainer discussed.

  3. Allen Smith

    Hi Reggie: I stated that they don’t fight back because fear of losing their jobs “could” be one of the reasons. No doubt, many drivers are part of the problem, but it is too easy to always blame the driver. It’s not hard to understand. When you have a family to support, bills to pay, food needs to be put on the table, keep a roof over your head … you do what you have to do, even if that is putting up with the scams and abuse within this industry. A little $$ every week is better than no $$ at all and much better than ending up jobless and homeless.

    Right now, nothing can be done to prevent a trucking company from filing a false claim on your DAC report, but we are working on that problem.

    Every industry has its problems. The info is not to discourage, but to educate. Newcomers come into this industry having no idea what they may face and have to deal with. Knowing will help better prepare them to succeed in a truck driving career.

    Something good about trucking? Knowing what to be aware of and how the industry works and thinks will help you achieve a decent career in driving. There are very good companies out there, point being that in the beginning, most will have to “pay their dues” one way or the other, but once you’ve gain 1-2 years experience, better doors will open up for you if the current company you are with is not working out. Tens of thousands of truckers love what they do, but they have made it through the “dues” and learned the tricks of the trade. It can be done and you can do it too.


  4. Michael

    ONLY THE BEGINNING. The trucking companies backstabbing, lying, stealing, two face days ARE OVER!

    MAY 15, 2019
    C.R. England To Pay Truckers $37.8M Settlement Over “Predatory” Lease-To-Own Program

    March 14, 2019
    Swift Transportion to pay drivers $100 million after class action lawsuit

    March 14, 2019
    Knight-Swift Agrees to $100 Million Settlement in Misclassification Lawsuit

    October 22, 2018
    P.A.M. Transport, Ordered to pay drivers

    Falcon Transport Faces Employee Lawsuit After Closure

    Williams Trucking going out of business

    Judge rules Trucking Company Lease Purchase a SCAM

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