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Truckers to Shape Up or Ship Out

Aug
11,
2009
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Allen SmithNext time you stop after a hard day’s run at your favorite diner, you may want to think again before ordering that chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes and gravy!  The trucking industry just keeps on changing, and now . . . it is going to tell the professional drivers what they should weigh, and if they just happen to tip the scales a little too heavy, then it’s “no truck driving job for you.”   Isn’t Government great?

Truck driving jobs will now be considered for those interested, by more certain types of criteria.  One of them being the Body Mass Index or BMI.   We told you it was coming and it has arrived.  Prime, Inc. shows the new BMI rule for new hire on their site for their qualifications.   If your BMI is over 39, then you can forget about driving for Prime.   This is just the beginning.   Just for fun, check to see how your BMI would hold up?  Isn’t this great?

Furthermore, I want to reiterate that more “changes” will be coming to the trucking industry.  How far away it is, I will not determine, but it’s coming . . . when we open the Mexico border and allow thousands of their trucks to run across America, watch as a wide-spread deduction of truck driver wages will eventually take hold.   Trucking companies will sooner or later be able to save millions of dollars in wages, by dropping the American driver at .38 CPM and more, and grab hold of these in-coming drivers from across the border who would think they were in Heaven earning .22 cents per mile!

You know, in my opinion . . . when I think about it . . . our neighbors to the South seem to have a better BMI rating than the overall American average?

Just a thought  . . .

Allen Smith

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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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11 Responses to Truckers to Shape Up or Ship Out. - Post a Comment

  1. FreightMachine

    Sucks they are enforcing this, but it doesn’t seem too strict. I’m 6’3″ and the calculator I used said I could weigh up to 310 pounds. That still gives a lot of wiggle room. Like I said, sucks that there is any restriction, but it could be worse.

  2. Allen Smith

    Yea, I think you’re right. I’ve checked also and I came in OK … there may be enough “room to spare” for many drivers … hope so, anyway

  3. Bentleyman

    Welcome to Amerika! One more intrusion by healthcare and the government. With every additional regulation we should get more pay! Insted we get. Scr#w#d! BMI is not an exact science. Leave us alone!

  4. Bonnie MacPherson

    Trying to enforce a weight restriction on drivers is one HUGE class action lawsuit waiting to happen. If weight is such a danger for truck drivers, what is it for car drivers, motorcycle riders- (Harley-boys come to mind!), and any other overweight person with a public service job? Quite frankly, the whole thing is a bunch of crap. I checked the BMI and the answer for me is that I am obese. B_______! I passed 5 law enforcement PT tests last year when trying to change careers, and I am a 50yr old woman. I am by no means obese! What next, a height restriction? Hair color or skin color restriction? all in the name of safety? Weight has absolutley nothing to do with public safety. How to destroy America…one group at a time, just like Hitler.

  5. Danny Holt

    You are sooo right Bonnie.. these Nazis are in for the longhaul.. no pun intended. But we are going to have to start forming a plan somewhere .. What will we do when our own government puts us all out of a job? Revelations speaks of famines and wars.. ya think?

  6. Rob

    well there seems to be somthing missing here, hasn’t anyone ever heard of the ADA act ?,. atty’s lawsuits ?,. would be funny to have a bad health physical, which means they are saying your now physicaly disabled, now go apply for socical security dissablity, and have them tell you your not disabled under Law,

    so what we find here is a conflick of laws, first SSA’s determations doctors are going to sware up and down theres nothing wrong with you, that it is both yours and the dot examiners Emagination and this will be documented by them.. since they do in fact speialize in disablity or impediment determinations, but long and behold, DOT examinations / determinations says you are, that the SSA’s / DSS isn’t seeing it,. now its time to find a real atty, let him/ her review the documentations of all sides.. now here comes the fun of becoming a litigant.. and a roll of the dice,.

  7. Allen Smith

    Recent understanding of this BMI issue, is now they have decided to throw out the idea . . . once we confirm that this is the case, we will do an update …. Allen

  8. Mark S Blackmon

    Just wait, before long they’ll be euthanizing people that don’t meet a certain standard in the government’s eyes. Back to the Nazi regime ! Our rights are being taken away and they use the excuse that it is for safety’s sake. They’ll be killing people to stop disease, all for the safety of the masses! If we keep our head in the sand, maybe we won’t breath the gas!

  9. Allen Smith

    Things wrapped up in attractive packages TO SELL, whether they be ideas, laws, or products, the game is the same.
    It’s all about control and manipulation.

  10. Mark S Blackmon

    When will it stop, or will it ?

  11. doitherselfer

    Seams to be a lot of changes for the truck drivers? How about the Trucking Companies? What changes are they making to help the driver?
    CROCK

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