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The Driver Shortage, CDL Training, and CSA 2010- The Saga Continues


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It’s no secret to everyone, drivers have been anticipating a lot of change and rumors of change within the trucking industry.

First there is the infamous CSA 2010, the description and explanation of which can alter depending upon which website you land on.  Even the FMCSA website has changed a few things since it first released the plans for implementing the new laws in 2010.

The most recent notification by FMCSA is that there will be a delay in the implementation of CSA 2010 in order to incorporate “valuable feedback” which they have received from many. (rolled back to Nov 30th instead of July  ) Last month we had a lengthy phone meeting with  4 members of the FMCSA in which Candice Tolliver of the Dept. of Transportation’s office of public affairs arranged.

During that meeting we shared many of the concerns we had for the drivers, including the fact that many times drivers  cannot be responsible for the way a shipment is loaded, or the way equipment is maintained, and to hold a driver responsible for such  ( not to mention receiving points of violation) did not appear to be fair or appropriate.  Also mentioned to them was the fact that newly acquired CDL drivers would have an unfair advantage over veteran drivers as they will come on board with a  “clean slate” since new drivers wouldn’t have any  aquired data in the system for the required 3 year look back of roadside inspections or DOT recordable accidents.

We brought up many other concerns with the FMCSA  during that meeting, plus written communication of 12 other questions and concerns.  Ms Tolliver has advised us that they will be addressing and replying to our additional concerns  in a write up shortly and will be sending it back to us. We will be posting their reply here on the blog.

Now, the “Driver Shortage” So what’s this all about? How many times have we heard this?  Is there really a driver shortage?  If there’s a driver shortage, why are so many drivers complaining about slow freight and low miles?  Why are the companies continually lowering the drivers CPM?  I had one driver write me today expressing he just can’t make it on 19/cpm !!!!  That’s unheard of!

Next, along with the media cry of “driver shortage” will come the anticipated influx of new drivers.  After all, if there’s a driver shortage, we better hurry up and get those schools pumping out more drivers.  Here’s the irony of it all.  In a time when so much work and effort is being placed into CSA 2010, ensuring the utmost safety for the highways, we’re going to be putting thousands of new inexperienced  drivers on the road. How safe is that? Imagine thousands of people with 3 weeks of training and a couple of months with a company trainer driving on the highways.

Join us Thursday  April 15th on Blog Talk Radio, Truth About Trucking “Live” as we address these and other issues that are starting to unravel which are being widely  distributed by the media about the trucking industry.

We’ll discuss the truth behind the truck “driver shortage”, the cause and effect associated with the projected influx of CDL Training and new driver company training, and of course CSA 2010 and the effects towards drivers.

We urge you to join in with your questions and comments.

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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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  3. Stop DOT Madness

    CSA 2010, You & Me…

    CSA 2010 will put small town mechanics and truck stops out of business because a lot of their business comes from small trucking companies and onwer/operators…….

  4. CDL Educator

    I hate seeing the shortages on truck drivers.

    But you will surely see a spike in people getting their CDL license now!

  5. wayne siskey

    There are enough laws,for heaven sakes,just enforce them. Csa 2010 IS CLEARLY designed to put more money in the pockets of the government,then companies dumb down the wages for drivers to pay for all this. Then the only loser is the driver. Who,in their right mind wants to live in a truck for weeks at the wages they pay now. One day i hope this back fires on the dot and carriers.It needs to . There is nobody looking after the drivers best interest. Its the drivers fault because he continues to take it.Get out of that truck for a week or two. They dont have enough schools or mexicans or any foriegners to keep this economy going.Bet the public would start respecting us more.

  6. wayne siskey

    PS.driver safety has always been an issue. companies need drivers ,drivers need companies,and the dot needs freight hauled. Stop dumping on the drivers. Fix these trucks,pay the drivers correctly.And drivers,stop sucking up,man up,and stand up. An injustice to one driver,is an injustice to all drivers.

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