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Trucking Industry Waits for CSA Implications

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By: Rickey Gooch

Two Days into CSA

At the Legal Benefits Group, Inc. phone center, they help drivers who need help disputing their CSA and PSP reports on the new DataQ System. Some carriers are helping their drivers, some drivers have figured it out on their own and for those who have no understanding of the DataQ, they provide the help needed.

But there is something else taking place on the phones. It’s drivers who have for what ever reason lost or quit their jobs just to find out that they can not get a job with another carrier because of past driving history. Just one infraction on their MVR and companies won’t take them. Another problem seems to be that some carriers believe that a drivers PSP score transfers with a driver if they hire that driver. That is not true. The PSP points stay with the carrier they have just left.

It took the FMCSA 5 years to roll out CSA. After 5 years you would think that the word, the information, the knowledge that drivers and carriers needed to know would have been properly taken care of? But no, carriers and drivers are floating down stream toward the largest water fall they have ever seen and the American public is going to go over the falls with them.

There are going to be thousands of drivers out of work this year because they were not paying enough attention. Carriers are going to be paying lots of fines and see a lot of down time for their fleets because they were not taking CSA serious enough. Who is at fault here?  The FMCSA.

CSA is so tough and is such a radical change in the regulations governing the trucking industry that the FMCSA actually held back on the strong language needed to get trucking’s attention. Because they did not strongly state the seriousness of CSA, the American consumer, the truck drivers and the carriers are going to have to pay with there hard earned money for all the FMCSA mistakes. All the jobs lost and all of the supply shortages that our country is going to face could have been avoided if the FMCSA had not been so soft on the explanation on how it would finally affect this industry.

The implementation of CSA that just took place is like the rumble before a massive earthquake hits. We know the damage is coming, we just don’t know who and where all of its going to hit and destroy.

© 2010, 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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