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Trucking Problems or Not?


We read everyday where the trucking industry is “hurting” due to cost of fuel and other factors, but are these the reasons or are there other aspects involved?  Some companies are downsizing, while another trucking company provides their drivers with over 40 hours of work per week, and now faces a law suit from their drivers for failure to pay them overtime.

 Also, as owner-operators feel the crunch of high diesel prices, new driving students are lining up at truck driving schools to get the knowledge they need to become a professional truck driver.   So what gives?  Is trucking hurting or not?

Come high fuel prices or whatever, there will always be a need for truck drivers…..period.

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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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2 Responses to Trucking Problems or Not?. - Post a Comment

  1. edward rudd

    I need help to get my truckin job back can any one help me get started in the trucking bis? I have my CDL but have DUI’s back in 1996 and in 2002 nothing since Im a good, safe driver I dont drink any more I paid for my crime 10yr sentence and did 5 years I made some bad choices back then to drink and drive and I have changed my life Swift trans really did me wrong they told me not to put down my DUI’s because they were over ten years old and then they fire me because of it please help me get back on the road

  2. Tanya From Eagle

    Edward you’re in a tough spot. There are companies out there that will hire you with two DUIs – but most will not. Drinking and Driving do not mix – EVER. With that being said – TransAm is a company that may hire people with 2 DUIs. Swift, by the way, will take people with 2 DUI’s if they over 5 years old and seperated by at least 10 years – so you can have 1 for each decade. You can contact other trucking companies and write a detailed letter regarding what happened and how you have stopped drinking. Most local companies have to run you by tough insurance agents that will not be too keen on you being under their policy. Good luck to you!

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