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Welcome to Allen Smith's: Ask The Trucker "LIVE", the #1 Trucking Show on Blog Talk Radio. Focusing on Driver Health, Careers, Regulations and the Important Issues facing the Industry.

Ask The Trucker "LIVE" w/Allen Smith Aubrey Allen Smith

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Welcome to Allen Smith's: Ask The Trucker "LIVE", the #1 Trucking Show on Blog Talk Radio. Focusing on Driver Health, Careers, Regulations and the Important Issues facing the Industry.

    TCGO is making a difference for trucking families battling grave situations

    TCGO is making a difference for trucking families battling grave situations

    Friday 6PM et "TCGO is making a difference for trucking families battling grave situations"

    AskTheTrucker Live will have an update for you regarding the Truckers Christmas Group, On our last show, "Truckers coming to aid of fellow truckers during TCGO Christmas campaign" we discussed how trucking musicians, industry leaders for trucking charities, and other advocates such as Bill Weaver, Paul Marhoeffer, Taylor Barker, Mandi Jo Pinhierio, Jason Henley, Tony Justice, Ken Freeman, Keith Sampson, and more are working with TCGO to raise awareness and funds for the 2019 TCGO campaign.  This fundraising campaign literally "saves" the Christmas holiday for trucking families.


    Tonight we will talk about the families and their needs. These are trucking families battling grave situations folks. We also want to give a shout out to those sponsoring families and to all those who have donated to the Truckers Christmas Group, coming to the aid of their fellow truckers in need.


    Join Tom Kyrk and Donna Smith as they update on the progress and how YOU can help reach the $20,000.00 goal so all the nominated families can be aided.  Let's not turn any of these wonderful families away.  

    Take the $5.00 donation challenge today and donate here. It's safe, easy, and it will help more than you know.

    Call in number for the show 347-826-9170 to either listen in or be a part of the show.

     

    • 2 hr 1 min
    Truckers coming to aid of fellow truckers during TCGO Christmas campaign

    Truckers coming to aid of fellow truckers during TCGO Christmas campaign

    Truckers coming to aid of fellow truckers during TCGO Christmas campaign

    Saturday Nov 9th 6PM ET  Call in number 347-826-9170

    It's that time again! The Truckers Christmas Group Org (TCGO), in its 12 year, is continuing its commitment to help as many trucking families in need during the holiday season as they possibly can.  This year has proven to be particularly challenging for many truckers and their families. Between layoffs, bankruptcies, illnesses, and other catastrophic occurrences, the need for funding is vital.  Learn more HERE

     
    Watch the Christmas Video- How the Truckers Saved Christmas-combined effort by Bill Weaver Music and TCGO 

    Music copyright Bill Weaver Music-Video Copyright Truckers Christmas Group.Org

    This year, Trucking musicians, industry leaders for trucking charities, and other advocates such as Bill Weaver, Paul Marhoeffer, Taylor Barker, Mandi Jo Pinhierio, Jason Henley, Tony Justice, Ken Freeman, Keith Sampson, and more are working with TCGO to raise awareness and funds for the 2019 fundraising campaign. Press Release


    JOIN US TONIGHT Tom Kyrk, TCGO PR Coordinator, co-hosts the show. Learn how you can help our nations truckers.in their time of most dire need.

    Whether it be volunteering, sharing,a donation, sponsoring a family, or purchasing from the TCGO store, your commitment to help will be a blessing!. 

    MERRY CHRISTMAS!

    • 1 hr 41 min
    The Trucking Evolution- What happened to the American Trucker?

    The Trucking Evolution- What happened to the American Trucker?

    It’s not an easy task exploring the reasons for the decline of truckings’ "American Dream" for OTR drivers, company drivers and owner operators. We can make a list of everything wrong with trucking and how it affects truckers, but to pinpoint the problems in order to resolve them is much more difficult. It is a highly intricate and complicated web of obstacles, involving rules and regulations interwoven with industry practices, systems and schemes.

    Although most of us weren’t a part of trucking prior to deregulation, most will agree that trucking and truck drivers played a major part of the American Dream during that time. Deregulation is not the sole reason for the decline of the American Dream, it has however, caused trucking to evolve into an industry of "them against us" but in order to fix something, we need to understand it.

    We have the honor to have with us Steve Viscelli, sociologist and long time researcher of  truck drivers and the trucking industry. His pursuit to find out why truckers work so hard and how long-haul trucking went from being one of the best, to one of the toughest blue-collar jobs in the U.S. led him to obtain his CDL and continue his research from behind the wheel. His research, along with his time Over the Road, resulted in his book, “The Big Rig - Trucking and the Decline of the American Dream”

    Also with us will be our long time friend and fellow advocate Desiree Wood of Real Women In Trucking who will be sharing her present real-time experiences for those who may not be aware of what is currently happening within her organization.

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    • 1 hr 58 min
    The Stop Underride Act- Requiring front, side & rear underguards on large trucks

    The Stop Underride Act- Requiring front, side & rear underguards on large trucks

    Saturday April 27th 6PM et Join us for an Open discussion concerning Underrides, addressing a most controversial issues among truckers, the Stop Underrides Act.

     We will be taking calls. Call in 347-826-9170
    Stop Underride Act Senate bill S.665  Stop Underrides Act House bill H.R. 1511

    For 50 years the Federal Government has been discussing, & conducting studies regarding the need for Underride Guards on large trucks, 

    Written 50 Years ago in Federal Register “It is anticipated that the proposed Standard will be amended after technical studies have been completed, to extend the requirement for underride protection to the sides of large vehicles.”  

    We strive for facts& truth rather than talking points.Truckers have valid concerns about underrides and we want to address them. Proponents of underrides also have legitimate concerns for supporting the Stop Underrrides Act. Let's hear both sides.

    Guests on the show: Jerry and Marianne Karth and Lois Durso advocates for Underrides and have lost loved ones due to Underride crashes.

    These underride deaths were not the fault of either 4 wheeler. One was an improper truck lane change, the other was icy roads.
    Perry Ponder, inventor of AngelWing, engineer with an accident reconstruction engineering company
    Aaron Kiefer, forensic engineer & crash reconstructionist, inventor of SafetySkirt
    Andy Young, CDL holder and truck attorney

     

    • 1 hr 54 min
    Trucker Wages -Understanding FMCSA 14 Hour rule and DOL 16 hour Wage Law

    Trucker Wages -Understanding FMCSA 14 Hour rule and DOL 16 hour Wage Law

    Saturday 2-9-19

    6PM ET  347-826-9170

    Tonight’s show will open up by discussing a few of the most recent court decisions which have made a profound impact on the side of drivers.

       From the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision which ruled to exempt ALL transportation workers from the Federal Arbitration Act, to the most recent ruling from a district court judge in Arkansas, reaffirming that truck drivers need to be paid for every hour they spend in their trucks while they’re not sleeping,  This ruling was based on Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division- Title 29 Section 785 Code of Regulations..

    When it comes to drivers wages, there’s a  misunderstanding between the FMCSA’s HOS rules and the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division’s laws. FMCSA rules were created for safety, not for determining wages. The 14 hour rule determines how many hours you may drive and work, The 16 hour rule determines how truckers are to be paid.  

    It is because truckers are paid by the mile,regulated by a clock, and enforced by an ELD, that this misperception has taken hold. 


    At a time when driver wage reform is at the forefront of many concerns, the courts have established a baseline of minimum wage and how drivers are to be paid using laws which have already been on the books but have been commonly overlooked.

    • 1 hr 59 min
    Big Supreme Court win for Independent Truckers-Ends Carrier forced Arbitration

    Big Supreme Court win for Independent Truckers-Ends Carrier forced Arbitration

    Thursday 1-24-19  6PM ET  347-826-9170

    Part 2 Join us tonight as we have a follow up show with trucker Dominic Oliveira and his Attorney from Public Justice, Jennifer Bennett. Dominic will review his lengthy legal ordeal with New Prime, Inc that ended up in the Supreme Court and Ms. Bennett will explain the legal timeline of events and arguments and how this decision will positively affect truckers in the future. Desiree Wood, who contributed in an Amicus brief, will co-host the show.

    On 1-15-19 the U.S. Supreme court ruled that Transportation Independent Contractors were no longer held to the 1925 Federal Arbitration Act (FAA). In the past, only employees were exempt from forced arbitration. The decision was held by a unanimous 8-0 decision, with Justices Neil Gorsuch and Ruth Ginsberg strongly agreeing. (How many times in a lifetime will we see that?)

    For years Carriers have misclassified truckers leased on to carriers as Independent Contractors( IC) for the  purpose of having the trucker pay for all expenses while the carrier still asserts control over most aspects of how the IC does business, many times resulting in the IC earning little, sometime less than minimum wage, and worse yet, end up owing the carrier money. This misclassification had also forced IC’s into arbitration.

    In March 2015 trucker Dominic Oliveira sued New Prime, Inc in a class-action suit claiming a Fair Labor Standards Act violation for failing to pay its apprentices  lawful minimum wage. Prime claimed that he must go through arbitration, Attorney’s for Dominic said “No” and the rest is history

    • 1 hr 58 min

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

OldDirtyCracker ,

A good public service

Good orientation for people looking into the industry. Seems like a good thing for the driver community too.

Argita2011 ,

Sync your mics

I love the show however her mike is way too high that overrides everybody's voice it gets annoying. I'm sure she's a lovely lady but it really pierces the ear.

Respectfully

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