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Truth About Trucking “LIVE” Talk Radio Airs Dan Rather Controversy


Earlier this evening our BTR show, Truth About Trucking “LIVE” aired a 90 minute show discussing the Dan Rather interview with TruckerDesiree.   Thanks to the callers and listeners and those in the chat room for tuning in . . . show has already been downloaded nearly 100 times within 1.25 hours.

I had some phone trouble during the last 5 minutes of the show and lost all connection, so was unable to “close” it out like I normally do, but the show focused on Desiree’s story and the real purpose of exposing these scams, lies and deceit within certain segments of the trucking industry.

Truth About Trucking has been working to expose these issues for nearly 5 years now, and with TruckerDesiree exposing a further hidden “secret” of the OTR industry . . . the industry is taking notice.  Change for the better can happen.

I have nothing to gain from exposing these lies and scams of the over the road industry.  They have been going on for years and the time has finally come that these issues are becoming known . . . CDL students and new drivers have the RIGHT TO KNOW . . . and for those trucking companies and CDL schools who participate in these scams and abuses . . . we will continue to expose them until they are changed and all drivers . . . students, new drivers and veteran drivers alike . . . receive the respect and honesty that they deserve.

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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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12 Responses to Truth About Trucking “LIVE” Talk Radio Airs Dan Rather Controversy. - Post a Comment

  1. Desiree

    Dear Allen

    Thanks for all that you do to help expose the OTR Scam & Advocate for Student Truckers.
    None of this could have happened without you & all the hard work you have done to shed light in this issue for people like me to feel comfortable enough to come forward & start speaking about the concerted pattern of abuse that is occuring in the “Studen Trucker Industry”
    There was so much more to cover in this show.
    Thanks to both you & Donna for your commitment.

  2. Allen Smith

    Hey, Desiree . . . you’re welcome, glad to do it … but your commitment and dedication to help change wrongs to right is to be commended. I’m just a “little part” of the cause, but more and more people are coming on board and I believe that after years of these scams taking place, the industry is sitting up and taking notice …. they need to hear these things …. we as drivers, new or veteran, have had enough … and “we” are calling them out . . . take care — Allen

  3. David Dunfee

    Well as I watched this show and have been considering coming back into the industry after many years, I see nothing has really changed. Everyone makes money except the guy who drives and especially the guy who owns and operates his own independantly. Seems to me that everything is still considered a backhaul. Deregulation has not been a thing that helped the O/O as was expected. Shippers and Brokers still have the organized power position. The deck is stacked against the indepandants. To make a $200,000 investmant and to make 50K per year for the conditions and Regs you deal with, is really the reason so many turnover in the business. Most of all I heard was the same Blah Blah Blah I heard 30 years ago. The reason I chose to get out and pursue my career in the golf industry. I had really hoped that we could look at trucking as a second career after sellind our golf operation. Its still in my blood and has never left, amazing !! I am just an other example of how good people leave and the quality of people diminish.

  4. David Dunfee

    Allen I appreciate what you are attempting to achieve. I was lucky I had another alternative 30 years ago. We as drivers and O/O had had enough then and it seems nothing has improved. I have friends that are brokers and they make alot of money and of course have very little invested. I guess they are the smart ones !

  5. Allen Smith

    I agree completely – thanks, Allen

  6. Allen Smith

    It’s going to take drivers to come together and really let their voices be heard … not a few hundred drivers, but thousands and even millions … they have more “power” than they realize, but bringing that many drivers together to stand up against these abuses is the hardest problem to accomplish. thanks for the post

  7. michael

    Allen, you know as well as i do todays drivers don’t care about a damn thing but themselves ,i have tried to talk to drivers while on the road about all the things wrong out here on the road and the good also , but all i get is the some old hot air coming out of there mouth, it saddens me that most of them drivers saying this is veteran drivers , it leads me to think maybe this is why things have gotten this bad , its because drivers overs the years have had the some mind set about wanting to help make things better for future drivers , and the industry as a whole but just like most people do they take and don’t put back into something they have taking from , , yes i know we do have people out there that do try to leave it better off than they found it , but the ones that don’t do , or care out weighs the ones that are trying , we have to do come together as a whole and work on one thing at a time to start fixing things so some of the companys ( owners ) are to blame besides the driver, lets start there , only if there was way to get drivers up on the step and in the seat with us on this one thing , I will take that step up , we drivers are hurting ourselves by letting this keep going on TIME TO STAND UP AS MEN , HAS ANY OF YOU GOT A BACK BONE ANYMORE OUT HERE i, OR do we just give the keys to the Mexcans and our roads to them as well jobs they will them too as soon as we give them the keys , then so long to it all , 10/4 I aint giving my keys to no one, thanks

  8. Allen Smith

    You’re 100% correct . . . having drivers come together and stand up finally and speak out about these issues is the toughest battle yet … if that is never accomplished, at least we can continue to spread these truths through-out the internet where all new students and drivers will be aware of them and the scam companies out there. I am seeing other sites, now beginning threads about things we have been talking about for 5 years, but the more who come on board and discuss these issues, the better . . .

  9. Bonnie MacPherson

    Evening Allen,
    I have a few question about automatic slack adjusters. The brakes are one area that DOT seems most concerned about and I have heard from friends and co-workers who have been inspected that the officers ALWAYS find the slack adjusters out of adjustment.
    I have asked other drivers, mechanics at T/A’s,
    Petro’s and Freightliners about the legality and safety of manually adjusting automatic slack adjusters. So far I haven’t received a clear answer.
    My questions are:
    1. Who is legally permitted to adjust the brakes or slack adjusters?
    2. Is it legal or safe to manually adjust automatic slack adjusters?
    3. Is there a law that states that only trained and certified mechanics may do adjustments?
    4. Does the airbrake test on the written portion of a CDL test make the driver certified?
    5. Can officers demand drivers commit such an, (possibly), unsafe action?

    T/A’s and Petro’s policy is to refuse to do such adjustments stating that an out-of-adjustment slack adjuster means the item has failed and needs to be replaced.
    Thanks for any info you may find to help drivers protect themselves from offical, (and possibly illegal and unsafe), abuse.


  10. Allen Smith

    No driver or person is allowed to adjust automatic slack adjusters unless that driver or person has been trained as a brake inspector in accordance with U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations 396.25

    The air brake test does not make a driver certified, and NO, not any law enforcement officer can make you do so.

  11. Joseph

    Hi Allen, i while ago you gave me much needed info on becoming a truck driver. But due to wife’s concerns it didn’t happen, but things change and being unemployed again has brought me to continue with my hopes in driving a truck.. Can you tell me good starter companies that will hire noobs? thank you

  12. Allen Smith

    Hey Joseph: Depending on your geographical location, I recommend Roehl Transport and Millis Transfer – they also offer training. I would also recommend KLLM who hires new CDL graduates, but I would check with first and ask what CDL school’s they hire from:

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