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Truckers’ Presence Being Felt by FMCSA



Fred Schaffner EOBR Comments to MCSAC subcommittee 12-5-11
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The American Driver

On Monday December 5, 2011 Fred Schaffner addressed the FMCSA advisory commitee, MCSAC, regarding EOBRS.

Fred has been a friend, colleague, and driver advocate, and attended the 2011 Truck Driver Convention where he addressed the supporting panel at the convention regarding the the rule-making process and the need for drivers to get involved.

Fred is no stranger to the legal system as he and brother Michael fought to change the 2 hour parking rule in Virginia and WON. Many of you remember the radio show we did on Truth About Trucking “Live” with special guest Jeffrey Caldwell, chief of communications of the VDOT, along with Fred and Michael Schaffner, discussing this 2 hour ordinance.

This past Monday, Schaffner stood up, and very eloquently made a  powerful statement to the FMCSA advisory committee, stating that to advise on a rule that has been vacated by the courts could be contemptuous and that it needed to go back to the regulatory committee

As Richard Wilson stated ( Regulatory speaker from Trans Products) during the panel discussion at the Truck Driver Convention….there 13 million truck drivers, how powerful would it be if everyone got involved!!

Fred’s statement touched on another major controversial issue in his comment to the MCSAC committee — harassment — and stated EOBR’s create aggressive driving … not safety.

Fred will be attending all of the public committee meetings of the FMCSA and will be one of our guest speakers at the 2012- 2nd Annual Truck Driver Convention in October.

Hopefully, more of us will be able to attend these meetings, even if it means taking time off from work to do so.

© 2011, Allen Smith. All rights reserved.

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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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