Allen Smith

Does less mean more? Driver pay in the CSA era

Does less mean more? Driver pay in the CSA era

My feature in the January edition of Truckers News investigated a dynamic more and more fleets and their drivers are seeing coming to fruition as freight markets slowly return and, consequently, recruiting staffs expand and fleets begin to hire again. Nothing new there during a recovery, particularly, and the slow pace of this one might seem in direct contradiction to the ever-growing chorus of "driver shortage, driver shortage, oh my!" we've all been hearing for ...

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Tony ‘the truck stop tiger’ — calls from the driver community to uncage him

Tony 'the truck stop tiger' -- calls from the driver community to uncage him

Nearly two years have passed since I first wrote about efforts by animal-rights activists (post from January 2009 originally on old Channel 19 blog home on Blogger.com) to require Gross Tete, La., Tiger Truck Stop owner Michael Sandlin to relocate the caged Bengal-Siberian tiger on the site of stop. It's been there as an attraction to curiosity seekers for years, and several predecessor tigers have made the stop a sort of institution along I-10 in the ...

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CSA 2010 Driver’s Handbook now live

CSA 2010 Driver's Handbook now live

You may have seen it out at the truckstops already, but if not, I thought I'd take a moment today to alert you to our CSA 2010 Driver's Handbook, now online in an interactive digital version. Combining reporting from Overdrive and Truckers News editors (from myself to Overdrive Managing Editor Lucinda Coulter and others) with information provided directly by the FMCSA dispelling some of the common myths and misconceptions out there about the program, it's ...

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Allen Smith, others at Memphis Trucking Expo Oct. 23

Allen Smith, others at Memphis Trucking Expo Oct. 23

It's a banner month for first-time trucking shows in my home state of Tennessee. After Nashville last week, not to be outdone, of course, is Memphis, the site of the first annual Memphis Trucking Expo, presented by the folks at Worldwide Transport and Permit Service. If you missed Jan McCarter and Doug Jones (pictured) in Nashville last week, tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 23) is your chance to see them live. What's more, unlike the Nashville show, the ...

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Complimentary advertisement… and: PSP unlikely to be the new DAC

Complimentary advertisement... and: PSP unlikely to be the new DAC

Driver with a lens-load of cool It's been a few months since we checked in with on-road crooner Howard Salmon, so he checked in with us, sending along this picture he happened upon recently, with a pre-emptive answer to the obvious question. Yes indeedy, he wrote, "I am also sending this to Geico Insurance." He caught the gekko, he says, chewing on a piece of some bread he'd been eating while he leafed through a phone book ...

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Pre-employment screening in the CSA 2010 era

Pre-employment screening in the CSA 2010 era

It's not all about DAC anymore. With CSA 2010 carrier scores in six of the seven violation categories in CSA 2010 set to go public beginning in December, carrier attention to inspection reports has ramped up to a high level -- for drivers, a primary piece of the regulatory puzzle in all of this is the somewhat new Pre-employment Screening Program, mandated by Congress years ago, which gives carriers access with applicant consent to a ...

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Stand-up treadmill desk begs question…; cargo theft connection to Jason’s Law?

Stand-up treadmill desk begs question...; cargo theft connection to Jason's Law?

In the P.R. copy blasted out with announcements about the new TrekDesk Treadmill Desk, the company talks about the dangers of the "sedentary lifestyle," noting studies of various characters that have probed "rising obesity rates and ill health caused by 'Sitting Disease' (a term given to the multitude of syndromes and diseases caused by sedentary lives)." Though I imagine the flatbedders out there would take issue with any characterization of their jobs as totally lacking in ...

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Reporting cargo theft — balancing act in more ways than one…

Reporting cargo theft -- balancing act in more ways than one...

Tune in Wednesday at 8 p.m. Eastern for the Truth About Trucking online radio program with host Allen Smith. My fellow Truckers News/Overdrive Senior Editor Max Kvidera and I will be guests on the subject of cargo theft, the topic of note in the latest, September edition of Truckers News, out now in digital format and hitting the truckstop racks as we speak. Cargo theft has risen sharply in recent years, some now referring to it ...

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Live online CD release party for ‘When the Big Rigs Don’t Roll’

Live online CD release party for 'When the Big Rigs Don't Roll'

Join the www.AsktheTrucker.com proprietors this Wednesday for a live online exclusive release event for a new record aimed squarely at the politically conscious among you. "When the Big Rigs Don't Roll" is its title, and the country musicians/songwriters behind the 10 songs on the CD, David Ayers and Barry Allen, have birthed several winners in songs like the title track, first penned during a collaborative songwriting session in spring 2008, as the historic diesel-price spike ...

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