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ELD trucker protest heading to D.C.


Truckers head to Washington D.C. for protest

As part of the ongoing fight against the December enforcement of the ELD mandate ( electronic logging devise), there is expected to be large numbers of drivers heading for the ELD Trucker protest to Washington D.C. scheduled for Oct 3rd thru the 7th.



Whether that number of trucks and drivers participating is in the hundreds or the anticipated thousands, the mood is passionate and determined. Even drivers who can not attend the D.C. event will be a part of the protest by shutting down to show their support.

Those leading the protests are 2 main groups: ELD or Me and Operation Black and Blue. Both of these groups are active on Facebook, initiating and promoting the events on the social media platform
There are drivers in both Mexico and Canada who have also vowed to participate in some way, demonstrating support in unison with the Operation Black and Blue and ELD and Me groups.

Operation black and blue protestOrganizers of the groups are working tirelessly to coordinate the events. Although they are 2 separate groups, they are working in unity towards the same goal of defeating over-regulation such as the ELD mandate.

Operation Black and Blue
Founder      Mike Gunney Faram
Organizers   Scott Jordon,Joe Alfaro. Steve Bussone, John Grosvenor, Kuzma Samoilov, Sierra Sugar

ELD or Me
Founder Scott Reed
Admins:  Tony Justice Richard Wilson,  Earl Doc Blackmon,  Ingrid Brown  Brian Bucenell
Operation Black and Blue DC  meet up locations
1 Truck Rendezvous Point

Our meeting place for large trucks is in Hagerstown, Md. Interstate 81 exit 5b there are 2 truck stops. The AC&T and the Pilot Travel Center. They are located about 72 miles northeast of Washington DC. About 1 hour and 22 minutes from DC. Overflow parking is available at the Flying J truckstop in Virginia I-81 exit 323, TA travel center in Pennsylvania I-81 exit 5.

 2 Rally Point in DC
We will be at the Ellipse, which is off from
(U.S. 50) Constitution Ave NW and 16th St NW
directly south of the White House.

Eld or Me protest

Meeting Locations for ELD or Me Trucking Protest-Washinton D.C. Oct-3rd thru 7th

ELD or Me Meeting described more in Flyer

When: Oct 3rd thru 5th
Where: Washington D.C.
Meet Location: Doswell Truckstop
10222 Kings Dominion BLVD
Doswell.VA 23047






How ELD’s all came about:
When the first Mega Carriers were forced to use EOBR’s because of excessive violations, the ATA had to do something or independents would have an advantage. In a final rule , the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration decided that serious violators of major hours-of-service (HOS) regulations must install electronic onboard recorders (EOBRs) in all their trucks and use them to track compliance.

ATA and others within the industry then lobbied for ELD’s to be law for EVERYONE, using the safety groups to join in.

Despite numerous attempts by OOIDA to eliminate the mandate, or  even members of Congress to delay the law,  as of now the mandate stands. Continuous efforts to support H.R. 3282 will be discussed among many other things on the trip to Washington.

The H.R.3282 – ELD Extension Act of 2017 is a bill which would delay the ELD mandate by 2 years, giving enough time for more research to be conducted to determine if the ELD’s would improve safety or create a more unsafe environment.

To know more about the demonstration and what the groups ELD or Me and Operation Black and Blue stand for, listen to the Saturday night replay
Open Forum- ELD’s , drivers wages, and Washington D.C. protest


To understand more how ELD’s will further effect driver wages read
“How ELD mandate combined with Anti-Trucker wage provisions leads to wage reduction”

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VIP Tickets to NASCAR event at Phoenix Raceway

NASCAR- Phoenix Raceway Event

If you love NASCAR and would like to see Dale Earnhardt Jr. on his next to last appearance before his retirement… PLUS attend with a VIP ticket… Then this is for you.
Limited VIP Tickets to NASCAR event at Phoenix Raceway-
Everyone is welcome— Free Truck Parking

NASCAR- Phoenix Raceway Event


November 11 – 12, 2017  for the Annual Veteran’s Day  NASCAR Race Weekend! Phoenix Raceway. Free Truck Parking



VIP Tickets Include

Saturday & Sunday Race day seats

* Sunday Pre-Race Pit Passes

* Sunday RWIT Hospitality Chalet VIP Access

* Sunday Pre-Race Party with food and drinks

* Giveaways

* Pit Road Photo opportunities

2 Ways to get your Ticket(s)

1) WIN ONE!! Truth About Trucking LLC will randomly select one lucky winner with a VIP ticket ($300.00 value)

How to Enter?  It’s easy.  Only 2 steps involved.

a) Watch the video “NO” to Anti-Trucker Wage Amendments”

b) Submit your comment on the YouTube page and include the words
“I’ve Had Enough” in your comment.

2) The 2nd way to get your tickets is BUY them.
Go to the RWIT website and order them!
RWIT is participating  at the Phoenix Raceway  NASCAR event and they have exclusive and limited numbers of VIP Ticket Packages. Only $300.00.

NOTE: If you DO purchase a ticket and then end up winning the FREE ticket in the contest, you can receive a refund!!  It’s a Win-Win

You may want to purchase your ticket(s) just to ensure yourself one since there is a limited number.

We will select the winner of the VIP Phoenix Raceway Nascar contest Live on AskTheTrucker “live on Blog Talk Radio 9-30-17.
All shows are archived so you can to listen to the replays.

For More Information on advance VIP ticket purchase  or Sponsorship Opportunities:
email: or call 561-232-9170 

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How ELD mandate combined with Anti-Trucker wage provisions leads to wage reduction


It is the ELD mandate, if combined with the “anti-trucker wage provisions” known as the #DenhamAmendment in both the FAA and THUD bills, which would take away our freedom and permanently limit driver wages.
Combine ELD mandate with Denham Amendment AND then, logging all driver waiting time and non driving tasks as ON DUTY, and drivers will be seeing a significant wage reduction. WHY????
BECAUSE the Denham Amendment would create NEW Federal Law stating that drivers are only to be paid for the miles they drive– NO DETENTION TIME or other non driving tasks.

The ATA and industry intentions appears to be to turn their little black box punishment into a way to benefit them financially, forcing drivers to drive MORE MILES in order to compensate for the 30+ hours they work without pay.

The ATA goal is to include “anti-trucker wage provisions”, preempting state labor laws which protect driver wages,  and create new Federal Law which would relieve carriers from  legal obligation to pay drivers anything other than piece work wages.
These provisions are well known as the Denham Amendment, but have been cleverly disguised by members of trucking, as “Meal & Rest Break” provisions.

Indiana State Police – Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division  was sent a screen shot from a driver and the ISP-CVED then posted it on FaceBook. The driver sent it with the question “What is the correct use of on duty?” The screen shot stated the following.  “Effective immediately all time being loaded or unloaded must be On Duty time. We can no longer use it as OFF DUTY time per FMCSR 392.2.”  READ more about what is considered ON DUTY time.

ELD On Duty

Screen shot from a driver sent to the ISP-CVED which they then posted on their FaceBook Page

The anti trucker wage provisions in FAA and THUD , if passed, will end states rights from protecting drivers from wage theft. (Certain state labor laws say drivers must be paid for ALL time working)What’s the wage theft? It’s allowing drivers to work hours without getting paid.

If  these provisions are allowed to remain in the FAA and THUD bills, the Federal law will dictate driver wages. Simply put, the provisions will allow wages to be paid for ONLY the miles they drive. So even if ELD’s will record all time on duty other than driving, drivers will not have to be legally paid. 
Is it all part of the plan?

Read more  Anti-Trucker wage language in 2 bills to ensure cheap labor and high profits





How ELD’s all came about:
When the first Mega Carriers were forced to use EOBR’s because of excessive violations, the ATA had to do something or independents would have an advantage. In a final rule , the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration decided that serious violators of major hours-of-service (HOS) regulations must install electronic onboard recorders (EOBRs) in all their trucks and use them to track compliance.

ATA and others within the industry then lobbied for ELD’s to be law for EVERYONE, using the safety groups to join in.

ATA then thought ahead, realizing that if ALL driver time working is recorded, including waiting at docks, as well as all other non driving time on job, it would be necessary to create additional laws to ensure that drivers do not have to be paid for their time, just their miles.

Since drivers are paid by the mile, they have been conditioned to want “more hours” to earn more money, compensating for the fact that they have not had a significant pay raise in over 30 years. Many are logging “Off Duty” rather than “On Duty not Driving”, to preserve their “70” (making up for not being paid for all their waiting time and non driving jobs.)

What if Drivers were PAID for ALL time on Duty? What would their pay check look like?
If drivers logged legally ( log on duty not driving) and ELD’s were used to accurately measure their time, they could earn as much as logging OFF DUTY.  This formula for their rate of pay would have to be consistent with their cpm wages, not a set standard hourly rate.

1) For example: If a driver earns 50cpm- drives 2000 miles/wk- he/she earns $1000. If you divide that by 70hr it = $14.29/hr.
That hourly rate would be what the driver would, at the very least, need to be paid for their waiting and all non driving work performed.

The fact is, by  logging off duty while waiting at docks or performing other non driving jobs, drivers actually end up working 100 hrs.  That makes their hourly pay more like $10.00/hr.  This is a proven fact according to a study performed for the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA).

2) If the drivers miles are reduced to 1500 miles per week by driving legally (ELD), then their gross would be $750.00/wk ( based on 50 cpm). That would come to about $10.71/hr based on 70 hours. BUT, if you add to those wages the 30 hours waiting and other not driving tasks at 10.71/hr, it equals $321.30 hourly wages added to the $750.00 cpm wages.

What this means is that if a driver logs legally, he/she ends up earning about the same amount of $$$ IF, and only IF, they are paid for ALL time “on duty not driving”
If drivers are paid for ALL time working, it means they have more home time and they’re no longer fighting to work more hours in order to make up for excessive delays at Shippers & Receivers, or other circumstances beyond their control.

The question is: Will the Motor Carriers voluntarily Pay Driver for ALL TIME?
Not if they don’t have to they won’t.  And with the anti-trucker wage provisions, they very well may not have to…legally.

ELD + Logging All On Duty Time + Anti Trucker Wage Provisions( Denham Amendment) = Significant Reduction in Driver Wages.

The ATA has lobbied and succeeded:
1) First for ELD’s
2)Having provisions to be included in 2 Major bills which will be voted on in Dec, ENSURING MOTOR CARRIERS will not be OBLIGATED to pay drivers for ANYTHING other than their CPM!

Time to wake up drivers. Call your REPS and tell them to VOTE NO on the anti-trucker wage provisions in the #FAA bill and #THUD bill. By doing so, you allow the ELD to work for YOU instead of the carriers.…/contact…/senators_cfm.cfm


IT IS the ELD mandate combined with the provisions in the FAA And THUD bill which are taking away our freedom and stunting driver wages.
They are creating more regulation by giving the  Federal government more power and taking away states rights.

It’s time to make law makers accountable. It time to call and educate them about these provisions in the bills they are about to vote on. Make the call. 202-224-3121
Tell them to vote No on the anti trucker provisions in the THUD and FAA. These provisions are Anti Trucker and Anti Safety. They are designed to legally have truckers work without being paid.
If passed, Drivers will only be paid for the miles they drive, not the time they are at work (such as detention time).


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TRELP Truck Parking App could be solution to end truck parking crisis



TRELP Truck Parking App could be solution to end truck parking crisis




The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations prohibit interstate truck drivers from driving more than 11 hours per day. Drivers must locate a place to park upon reaching the maximum hours. Unfortunately, however, it’s quite challenging at times to find parking.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 745 reported fatal injuries in 2015 among truck drivers. Some of which are caused by the inability to park at a safe location. The American Trucking Association estimated that there are 3.5 million truckers on the US highways. Yet astonishingly there is parking for only about 300,000.
Truck parking shortages are a national safety concern.
Truck Parking Coalition proceeds to focus on parking crisis


Current truck parking apps, including, TruckerPath, help truckers find existing truck stops and rest areas. It also alerts drivers whether a parking facility is full.
TRELP does this and more.
With such overwhelming parking shortages, truckers need more and better solutions.
Trelp allows users to share non-traditional parking locations. For example, a truck parking facility may be completely full, but there may be a shopping center nearby that allows overnight parking.

Trelp Truck Parking App allows Truckers to be driving force to end Truck Parking Shortage Crisis
Trelp allows users to create new parking spots anywhere, be it by a truck stop, at a shipper or receiver, or just along the side of the road. No other app allows users to do this.

Knowing the physical address to a shipper/receiver is simply not enough. Drivers must go to the loading/unloading area, which is often difficult to find.

Trelp allows users to share last mile directions. Having all of this information will significantly decrease wasteful driving. Consequently, there will also be less air pollution.
Moreover, drivers can comment on the shipper/receiver, e.g., a driver must pay a lumper fee in cash in order to get an executed Bill of Lading; shipper will not allow early arrival; hours of operation; and overnight parking availability.
In addition, Trelp is comparable to WAZE for truck drivers in that it allows users to alert each other as to where law enforcement has been sighted. Traffic citations can not only be costly for commercial drivers, they can affect a driver’s livelihood.

  • Huge data base of truck parking- truck stops and rest areas
    With driver input TRELP can also do the following:
  • Additional allowed parking in shopping centers
  • Additional allowed parking in industrial centers
  • Additional allowed parking at shippers & receivers
  • Identify exact locations for loading/unloading areas for shippers & receivers
  • Do drivers need a lumper? Drivers can share info
  • Are drivers allowed early delivery? Drivers can share info

In sum, Trelp is a technology platform that is designed for drivers to help each other.
Trelp is a team of experienced truck drivers and software developers who collaborate with logistics managers to solve an ongoing issue in the industry that is the pillar of United States economy.
Trelp is currently available through the Google Play Store. Search for “Trelp.”
It is available for android smart phones only at this time. It plans to launch an IOS version soon.
Contact: Andrey Chabanov (310) 351-2054

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RWIT brings trucking advocacy and education to GATS


MEDIA CONTACT: Kristine M. Gobbo

REAL Women in Trucking to Bring Advocacy, Education to the Great American Trucking Show


Great American Trucking Show

Great American Trucking Show Aug 24th-26th 2017


LAKE WORTH, Fla. (July 26, 2017) – REAL Women in Trucking, Inc. (RWIT) will participate in its first trade show, the Great American Trucking Show, held August 24 – 26 in Dallas, Texas. RWIT is a grassroots, driver-led 501 (c) 6 trade organization formed by seasoned female commercial motor vehicle drivers, providing information and resources for fellow drivers, prospective CDL students, trucking executives and the non-trucking community to increase safety on the roadways.

“We’re excited to not only participate in our first show, but also provide much-needed advocacy and education for lady truckers and all commercial drivers. We are very grateful to our sponsors, Ackermann & Tilajef, P.C. and Truckers Justice Center, who have strong ties with the trucking industry and are true partners in increasing fairness and safety,” said Desiree Wood, Founder/President of RWIT.

Sponsored by Craig Ackermann Esq., founder of the California-based law firm, Ackermann & Tilajef, P.C., RWIT will host the “Ask a Lawyer – Q & A” for drivers. The session will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 25 and will be moderated by Wood. Expert attorneys on hand will include Paul Taylor and Peter Lavoie from Minnesota-based Truckers Justice Center and Steve Arenson from the New York City-based Arenson, Dittmar & Karman firm. They will address driver inquiries on a variety of topics, including sexual harassment, employment labor, lease violations, DAC reporters, misclassified drivers, and more. Questions can be asked anonymously, and anyone who cannot attend the event is encouraged submit questions in advance to Seating is limited.

Ask A Lawyer

Ask A Lawyer Event at GATS 10am Room 150 C

RWIT’s booth number is 8052, located near OnRamp to Health and across from Operation Roger Pet Transport. The booth will provide information about the organization, significant recent legal cases that were won on behalf of truck drivers, as well as upcoming special events.

Sponsored by Truckers Justice Center, a specialization area for Taylor & Associates, Ltd., RWIT will also host the “Lady Trucker Panel Discussion” on the main exhibit floor stage at 4 p.m. on Friday, August 25. The panel will be moderated by RWIT Treasurer and longtime trucker, Idella Hansen. Panelists include Cheryl Bean, Cheryl Pollard, Christina Dills and Sonja Tucci, women truck drivers from different sectors of the industry. They will discuss pros and cons of the types of work they perform, and their concerns for the industry. Both the “Ask a Lawyer – Q & A” and “Lady Trucker Panel Discussion” sessions will be recorded for the RWIT YouTube Channel.

At the trade show booth, RWIT will raffle one VIP package per day to the Phoenix International Raceway – Camp Out in the Desert, which is held during NASCAR weekend in November, a $300.00 value, plus other giveaways, including the upcoming Lady Trucker Cruise. RWIT representative will also film two-minute lady truck driver “SPEAK YOUR MIND!” videos for the RWIT YouTube Channel.

In addition, Hansen is hosting the daily Idella’s Puppy Paradise for trucking dogs, after exhibit hours from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the TA/Petro Truck Parking Community at Fair Park.

For more information on RWIT and activities at the Great American Trucking Show, visit or email

– RWIT –

About REAL Women in Trucking, Inc.:

REAL Women in Trucking, Inc. promotes safety by educating the public about unsafe truck driver training and has created a network of support for women entering trucking. The mission of REAL Women in Trucking, Inc. is to deliver highway safety through leadership, mentorship, education and advocacy.

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Ask-A-Lawyer event comes to GATS

Real Women In Trucking

Real Women in Trucking hosts Ask-A-Lawyer and LADY TRUCKER DISCUSSION PANEL at GATS in Dallas ,Texas August 24th-26th






There’s never been a more controversial time within the trucking industry.  Drivers are frustrated over numerous issues and have endless questions. Many times they have no where to turn to ask for answers to their questions.  This year at GATS, hosted by Real Women in Trucking, there will be a panel of attorneys ready to address driver concerns and questions.  As time allows there will also be a Trucker Open forum to continue their conversations.

REAL Women in Trucking will have their 1st exhibit booth ( booth 8052) at the Great American Truck Show August 24-26, 2017   and GATS Center Stage Lady Trucker Discussion Panel  thanks to the generosity of Craig Ackermann Esq. , founder of the law firm Ackermann & Tilajef,P.C
and Attorney Paul Taylor of Truckers Justice Center.

In addition to having an exhibit booth near the GATS health pavilion, RWIT will host an “Ask a Lawyer – Q & A” session for drivers and the “Lady Trucker Panel Discussion” on the main exhibit floor stage PLUS assist with the doggie play area at the TA/Petro Truck Parking Community at Fair Park.


DRIVERS Don’t Miss The Ask-A Lawyer Opportunity  at GATS

Please note drivers: To be a part of this first of a kind event at GATS, please arrive early to ensure you will have a spot at the table.

Great American Trucking Shoe

“Ask a Lawyer – Q & A”  10:00 AM at GATS August 25, 2017

Location Meeting Room: C150 (at the bottom of the escalators)

Seminar Title: “Ask a Lawyer – A learning session for truck drivers”
Sponsored by Craig Ackermann, Esq.

There will be lawyers in attendance to answer driver legal questions.
You can ask anonymously if you wish on the following areas of law:

If you cannot attend the Ask-A-Lawyer event and want to have a question asked, please send it to us in advance at

  • Wrongful termination
  • Discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Retaliation
  • Whistle blower protection actions
  • Lease Violations
  • DAC Reports
  • Employment labor
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Misclassification of drivers

 Panel lawyers include: Paul Taylor and Peter Lavoie from “Truckers Justice Center” and Steve Arenson from the employment litigation firm on Park Ave. in New York City , Arenson Dittmar & Karman.

Steven Arenson – Reuters: New York area car wash workers get more than $91,000 each in unpaid wages

Truckers Justice Center – Marten, New Prime, Maverick, UPS


Another main attraction this year at GATS will be the “center stage” Lady Trucker Discussion


Lady Panel Discussion

Sponsored by Truckers Justice Center

Join us as we present a lady trucker discussion panel on the main exhibit floor stage to allow women who work as truck drivers to talk about their work, the pros and cons of their particular driving sector that should be considered and their concerns in the industry. Come meet some lady truck drivers and listen to what they have to say!

                  Idella’s Puppy Paradise

                                  5:30 Pm to 7:30 PM August 24-26, 2017 



Pet Parade August 26, 2017 Start Time TBA

RWIT Treasurer , and one of the recently named TA/Petro Citizen Driver Award Winners, Idella Hansen brings her love for animals to the GATS TA/Petro Truck Parking Community this year with a dog play area that opens after the GATS exhibit hall closes. There will be selfie station photo opportunities , a mobile dog wash area, play toys and giveaways. The grand finale Pet Parade will be held on the final evening in the Fair Park TA/Petro truck parking community. Let your trucking dog come out and socialize with us at Idella’s Puppy Paradise! 


Booth Details: VISIT RWIT at booth 8052 located near OnRamp to Health and across from Operation Roger Pet Transport where will will have literature for drivers who would like to know more about our organization, significant recent legal cases that have been won on behalf of truck drivers, 2 minute lady truck driverSPEAK YOUR MIND!Videos for our You Tube Channel PLUS information on our upcoming special events like the

Phoenix Raceway Camp Out in the Desert during NASCAR weekend November 2017 and the 2nd Annual Lady Trucker Cruise.

RWIT will be raffling off One (1) Phoenix Raceway Camp Out in the Desert RWIT VIP Package, a $300.00 value plus other giveaways

To READ MORE  go to RWIT Great American Truck Show

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Anti-Trucker wage language in 2 bills to ensure cheap labor and high profits


Anti-Trucker wage language in 2 bills to ensure cheap labor and high profits

I can’t express the seriousness of 2 bills which are in the process of being voted on in the next few days, and the effects that will result for truck driver wages.
The time to action NOW.

FAA and Thud bill

 The ATA, (Lobby Group that represents the carriers)  has stated openly that their main priority for 2017, was to have the Denham “anti trucker wage” language inserted into bills, designed to negatively affect how drivers are paid.  They’ve managed to achieve this by getting lawmakers to put them into not just ONE (1), but TWO (2) bills.  FAA and THUD bill

If the amendments, provisions, or language that has been introduced into the THUD or FAA bills are allowed to remain, the results  will drastically result in truckers’ inability to be paid for all their time working. ( detention time, paper work, and all non driving time working) To summarize: Motor Carriers would legally not be obligated to pay drivers anything other than miles driven. Period.

The ATA’s primary goal is to keep YOU running hard, as many hours as you can, because they know that right now, most of you only earn while the wheels are rolling.  PIECE WORK WAGES

ATA wants Federal Laws- Truckers Say NO! Give states the power

This new language, amendments, or provisions in both the THUD and FAA bill will keep it that way!! and  will remove any legal obligation from carriers to have to pay drivers for all time.  READ more about this concept here.  The more unpaid hours you work, the less valued you are

The dangerous language we are referring to,the Denham language, authored by a California Congressman named Jeff Denham, who is from the rural agricultural region of California called Modesto. The ATA and their carriers have invested over $111,000 in Jeff Denham making him their#4 political investment.

If either of the bills are passed to include the Denham language the results will be:

  • It will mean that the word “truck driver” will be synonymous with the word cheap labor
  • It will mean that you will never, by law, be entitled to be paid for ALL your time working.
  • In essence it means that truckers are only worth what they can produce ( while fighting a 14 hour clock) and that ALL other time they spend working is not valued.

We are asking for your help. Please take 15 minutes to call, email, tweet and/or Facebook your State US Senators and tell them to remove the anti worker language on page 38 & 39 Section 134 of the THUD Bill.

Also, tell them to VOTE NO on the FAA Reauthorization anti trucker wage amendments.

Here is a link to every U.S. senator email and phone #

Here is a link to every U.S.Representative
Or you can just call the U.S. Switchboard. 202-224-3121

This language was originally included as the Denham amendment in the Fast Act of 2015.
HOW did YOUR Congressman VOTE? 
Fortunately, there were members of Congress who saw the ill affects it would cause to truckers and their families, and it was removed from the final  FAST ACT bill.

The ATA and their lobbying efforts did not stop. The toxic Denham language,( intended to injure  truckers and increase company bottom lines), was tried again in the FAA and THUD in 2016.

It is now in Both the FAA bill and the Thud bill.  VIDEO
“NO” to Anti-Trucker Wage Amendments

This anti trucker language aims to reverse and close the door on modernizing the way truck drivers are paid. It would allow companies to continue a practice of not paying for detention time among other things and reverse State laws which protect truck drivers,  recognizing that traffic and being delayed for loading and unloading can create a burden on truck drivers who are not being paid fairly for their time.

Not paying truck drivers for all of their work hours defies safety, is anti worker and anti American.

We do not want “government to interfere”- We’re asking Congress and the government to stay out of states affairs.
There are states who have laws and believe that truckers should be paid for all their work, in addition to their miles driven.  We’re telling government not to pervert laws which were meant to deregulate freight ( 1994 FAAA ACT). These laws were not meant to preempt states labor laws so that drivers wages could be regulated.

It is the ATA and other of trucking industry  who have vowed to change and distort the true intent of existing FAAA law. The circuit Courts agreed and the Supreme Court has refused to hear their cases.

Now the trucking industry has gone to Congress to CHANGE laws for the sole purpose of ensuring truckers are not paid for the time they work.
So much for Federal Government “staying out of trucking”

Just a note:  70% of truck drivers voted for the majority party that said they were going to fight for workers and this language definitely breaks that promise.


Vast majority of truckers voted for GOP who introduced anti trucker wage language in FAA &THUD bill.

Many truck drivers are only paid when the wheels are turning which means some work unpaid hours up to 35 a week of their 70 allotted hours. This is especially true in the agriculture sector where Congressman Jeff Denham, his family & friends have agriculture & logistics business interests.

The language also seeks to be retroactive which means that truck drivers who have won wage theft lawsuits against carriers could have those decisions reversed.


Another weak excuse offered by ATA and others is , besides the altering of intent of the 1994 Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act, is that it would be too difficult to keep up with different states labor law.

Well here’s a thought for you, If you want to eliminate confusion regarding  “different states labor laws,” then the logical conclusion would be to PAY TRUCKERS FOR ALL TIME! Problem Solved.
MAKE THE CALL  202-224-3121 Example of what you can say.


“As a trucker, I’m against the Denham amendment and the Fischer amendments to the FAA bill and the Denham Preemption language in the THUD bill 23 Section 134 under FEDERAL AUTHORITY.
These anti trucker amendments and language  will nullify state laws that require trucking companies to pay for rest breaks, detention time, and all time working. These amendments work against the interests of trucker rights to be paid for all time worked and are also anti state’s rights and anti safety.”

Important Links

 Read enitre THUD BILL
below is the section pertaining to anti-trucker Denham Language

24 (a) IN GENERAL.—Section 14501(c) of title 49,
25 United States Code, is amended—
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1 (1) in paragraph (1) by striking ‘‘paragraphs
2 (2) and (3)’’ and inserting ‘‘paragraphs (3) and
3 (4)’’;
4 (2) by redesignating paragraphs (2) through
5 (5) as paragraphs (3) through (6) respectively;
6 (3) by inserting after paragraph (1) the fol7
9 ‘‘(A) IN GENERAL.—A State, political sub10
division of a State, or political authority of 2 or
11 more States may not enact or enforce a law,
12 regulation, or other provision having the force
13 and effect of law prohibiting employees whose
14 hours of service are subject to regulation by the
15 Secretary under section 31502 from working to
16 the full extent permitted or at such times as
17 permitted under such section, or imposing any
18 additional obligations on motor carriers if such
19 employees work to the full extent or at such
20 times as permitted under such section, 21including
 any related activities regulated under part
22 395 of title 49, Code of Federal Regulations.
ing in this paragraph may be construed to limit
25 the provisions of paragraph (1).’’;
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1 (4) in paragraph (3) (as redesignated) by strik2
ing ‘‘Paragraph (1)—’’ and inserting ‘‘Paragraphs
3 (1) and (2)—’’; and
4 (5) in paragraph (4)(A) (as redesignated) by
5 striking ‘‘Paragraph (1)’’ and inserting ‘‘Paragraphs
6 (1) and (2)’’.
7 (b) EFFECTIVE DATE.—The amendments made by
8 this section shall have the force and effect as if enacted
9 on the date of enactment of the Federal Aviation Adminis10
tration Authorization Act of 1994 (Public Law 103–305).

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ELD mandate leads to driver protest


As time gets closer to the ELD mandate taking effect, the conversations and debates about the rule are becoming more intense.  What is it about this rule which has created such intense outpouring of rage, opinion, and defiance?  And what about those who “love their e-logs”?
How could professional drivers have such extreme views?

For those  AGAINST the ELD mandate, who believe ELD’s are unsafe or infringe upon  privacy, keep the date for protest in mind.  Oct 3-7-2017

Let’s define the ELD, electronic logging device.  An ELD synchronizes with a vehicle engine to automatically record driving time, for easier, more accurate hours of service (HOS) recording.


In other words no more paper logs. So what’s not love about ELD’s?  It going to make a drivers life easier? Right?
Theoretically, drivers would no longer have to worry about taking time to log their miles, and when their allowed hour are up, they just “stop”. No more paper work, No more log book violations, no more forced dispatch.
Trip planning might need a little more attention however, especially when the lack of truck parking continues to be one of the bigger challenges for drivers.

Truck Parking and the 14 hour rule

So why are drivers so passionately against ELD’s?

#The 1 reason is the 14 hour rule and racing the clock.

HOS states that a driver can drive 11 hours/day and work 14hrs/day.  They must take 10 consecutive hours off duty in order to drive again.
And then the 60/70-Hour Limit:
A driver may not drive after 60/70 hours on duty in 7/8 consecutive days. A driver may restart a 7/8 consecutive day period after taking 34 or more consecutive hours off duty.

Let’s not forget, drivers are paid by the mile and ruled by the clock.  You are given x amount of time to produce your miles and no matter what obstacle comes up ( weather, truck, traffic, delays at dock,  need a nap) you will not be paid unless those miles are achieved.

What happens if you hit bad weather, have a maintenance issue, or they way too common long delay at the shipper/receiver?
What happens if you run out of hours with paper logs? You can “fix” your paper logs.
What happens if you run out of hours with ELD’s? You can’t “fix” ELD’s. 

The 14 hour rule– The ELD  enforces this 14 hour rule! Even if you got rid of the ELD mandate, drivers are still going to have to fight the clock, being paid by the mile while governed by time.
With all the challenges that drivers face, with all the obstacles and unforeseen circumstances that arise daily beyond ones control, why would the government put you in a situation that has you racing time? Why should drivers have to “fix logs” just to:
Be safe, find parking, or earn a living?

In order to win the argument for ELD’s, you would need to explain the danger of the HOS rule that they enforce.  Truckers earn a living based on the amount of miles they drive. They keep strict appointments to their customers. When the ability to drive miles to meet obligations are interfered with and time runs out, ELD’s can cause stress,  unsafe situations, and low wages ( which equals more stress).

According to the FMCSA, The electronic logging device (ELD) rule is intended to help create a safer work environment for drivers, and make it easier, faster to accurately track, manage, and share records of duty status (RODS) data.
Again, ELD’s enforce Hours-of-Service regulation. (HOS). Let that sink in.

One common agreement seems to be for most drivers, whether they love their e-logs or hate them, most drivers have an aversion for the 14 hour clock, the basis of the HOS rule.


That rule is the 14 hour clock. Remove that one rule and production increases because we can drive and sleep as our body needs not as the clock dictates.

Posted by Allen Smith on Friday, May 26, 2017

We asked drivers on Facebook why do drivers rush with an ELD?  Read the replies by clicking the blue”F”

Question: Why do you think #drivers rush more with an #ELD ? Is it to get more miles? Pushed by dispatch?

Posted by Allen Smith on Thursday, May 25, 2017


Shot in the arm for the ELD fight: Mr. Justice joins Mr. Reed, others with sights on D.C.

ELD or Me

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Here are some comments on the ELD or ME Facbook group page. There are hundreds of comments, I just chose a few.  I suggest you go to the page and join if you are anti ELD.  The group was started by Scott Reed and Tony Justice just a few short weeks ago and has around 16,000 people in it already.

Angel Sturgill I didn’t run straight out illegal. But having that flexibility that you could fix the logs was a lot less stressful than watching your various clocks tick off. It changes your mentality. Just like it is proven that you spend more money using plastic than you do if you hand over cash. It changes your mentality.

ELD’s do the same thing. For some reason it amps up the stress level. I began to drive more aggressively and became more stressed. The horrible feeling that you feel when a dispatcher is constantly interrogating you about your time. All adds to the stress. The paper logs added that flexibility when you needed to park someplace safe and didn’t want to start your clock. We are miles driven pay, but we work in hourly increments. If the government is going to force us to run hourly, then they also need to force our pay to be hourly.

But as with hourly employees, the culture/mentality/work ethic begins to change. It is sad.

John Taylor This the only industry that begs and pleads  to work harder and harder. Just to work themselves into a grave 10 years sooner. Just to make a few cents more.

Jeff Clark The sad thing is that if we expand the 14 hour rule is that we will just end up giving it away to the docks that will waste it. For years we have complained about these docks. We have falsified our logs more to cover for these people than to slow down or make more money.

Scott Jordan I run ELD’s but am strongly opposed to Forced ELD’s. I have stated strong opinions on both side. Scott M. Reed even disagreed with a couple. I think they are doing the best they can with the rapid growth. Here is an idea, we either jump on board and support this cause for freedom or just hand them our keys. PRO-ELD or No -ELD either way, forced ELD and inflexible HOS is the issue at hand.

Join Scott and Tony on AskTheTrucker Live  July 1st 2017 6PM et   Call in # 347-826-9170

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Truckers call reps to REMOVE FAA bill’s Anti Trucker wage amendments















Tell your Reps to SAY NO to FAA reauthorization bill’s Anti Trucker wage amendment (State preemption,meal & rest break Amendment)
No Fisher or Denham Amendments!
Call Your Reps Government Switchboard.
Tell them to SAY NO TO FAA (F4A) bill with Anti-Trucker Wage Preemption Amendment (Denham language) 202-224-3121

This is what we should say when we call our Representatives
 As a trucker, I’m against the Denham amendment and the Fisher amendments to the FAA bill which will nullify state laws that require trucking companies to pay for rest breaks, detention time, and all time working. These amendments work against the interests of trucker rights to be paid for all time worked and are also anti state’s rights and anti safety.

The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation voted onJune 29 to advance FAA reauthorization legislation.
The House bill that was approved by committee on June 28th.

The bad news for truckers is that The Senate Commerce Committee passed Senator Deb Fischer’s (R-Neb) amendment which contained an anti trucker language;  state preemption with meal & rest language. This amendment will prevent drivers from ever being paid for all time. The amendment was accepted by voice vote.
The FAA reauthorization legislation was later passed and will now be reported to the Senate floor where it will be taken up after the July 4 recess.  That’s just days away!

On Tuesday, the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee (T&I) passed its FAA bill after a long  9 hour markup. The bill, the 21st Century AIRR Act (H.R. 2997), was approved by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee with a 32-25 vote and will now be considered for a vote on the floor of the House.

This bill, which will be brought up by the FULL HOUSE after the July 4 recess,
is also expected to have the anti-trucker language.  Congressman Jeff Denham (R-California)  is expected to once again offer his poison amendment, which will add the F4A preemption, to prevent any hope for driver wage reform.
If you remember, it was Jeff Denham who first introduced the Denham Amendment in the FAST ACT where it failed to pass.  Read more about this poison amendment
“How to Ensure Fair Trucker Wages in the 2015 Transportation Bill”

T&I Chairman Shuster is expected to give Denham his support for the amendment when offered on the floor. CALL YOUR REPS

As ATA pushes to keep driver wages down. What will you do drivers?

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The Great American Trucking Show Partners with Charities to Improve Trucking


The Great American Trucking Show is partnering with three industry charities – Truckers Against Trafficking, TruckersFinalMile.Org and the St. Christopher Trucker’s Relief Fund – to help improve trucking.

For every trucking professional that registers for GATS before July 4th, GATS will make a $1.00 donation to one of these charities. Registrants will choose which charity they want to receive the donation during the registration process.

The Great American Trucking Show Partners with Charities to Improve Trucking

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Registration is now open for the Great American Trucking Show (GATS). This year, attendees can make a difference in the trucking industry by registering for GATS before Independence Day.

For every trucking professional* who registers before July 4, GATS will donate $1 to one of three charities. GATS is proud to partner with Truckers Against Trafficking, TruckersFinalMile.Org and the St. Christopher Trucker’s Relief Fund to raise money through registrations. During the registration process, registrants can choose the charity to which they want GATS to donate.

“GATS is committed to improving trucking, and we’re excited to partner with these organizations that we believe are equally committed to the industry,” said Stacy McCants, vice president of events for Randall-Reilly. “Our goal with this campaign is to bring awareness to and support the wonderful and impactful work they do within the trucking industry.”

St Christopher Fund

Truckers Against Trafficking





To register for GATS, visit

*A trucking professional is an owner-operator, company driver, fleet executive, trucking equipment dealer, trucking parts distributor, truck mechanic or truck driving student


GATS, Randall-Reilly’s award-winning trade show will be held at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas, August 24-26. With over 500,000 square feet of exhibitor space and a full calendar of events designed to improve the trucking industry, GATS is one of the foremost trucking conventions in the country. For more information or to register, visit


Randall-Reilly offers comprehensive marketing solutions through a complete network of data and research, publications, online content and advertising programs and events. Randall-Reilly serves its clients by providing insights into specific market segments, then providing the targeted platforms and marketing services to engage those audiences.


Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) is a 501(c)(3) that exists to educate, equip, empower and mobilize the trucking industry to combat human trafficking as part of their regular jobs. TAT seeks to saturate trucking and related industries with TAT materials, partner with law enforcement and government agencies to facilitate the investigation of human trafficking and marshal the resources of our partners to combat this crime.

ABOUT TRUCKERSFINALMILE.ORG is a charity organization that will assist in the immediate travel, lodging and ground transportation needs of truck drivers and their immediate families, whether to the truck driver’s location or for the driver to travel home in such a case.

Additionally, in the event of loss of driver’s life, TruckersFinalMile.Org will pay the transportation of his/her remains home.


The St. Christopher Trucker’s Development and Relief Fund (SCF) is a 501(c)(3), truck driver charity that helps semi-truck drivers whose medical problems occurring within the last two years have led to financial hardship. The SCF is also working to provide programs that will benefit professional drivers and the trucking industry.


Cole Lanier

Marketing Coordinator

Great American Trucking Show

(205) 248-1152

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