Why I Hate the ATA

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I so despise some of the governing bodies in the trucking industry, especially the American Trucking Association.
In a recent article, the FMCSA states that their studies show what we in the industry have known all along… that experienced professional drivers are less apt to have an accident. Driving experience usually produces a safer driver.
Yet in the same breath, they mandate a new driver driver training policy, where NO behind the wheel time is required for new CDL drivers.
The ATA managed to get the mandatory behind the wheel hours for new trainees, thrown out! And they are all about safety? Never.
It’s money which motivates the American Trucking Association, in bed with the mega carriers!
They are not concerned with driver safety nor the safety of the driving public. It’s money that drives the ATA!
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19 thoughts on “Why I Hate the ATA

  • July 10, 2017 at 11:35 am
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    Most big carriers will say 175 to 300 hours training but that includes all the other things that happen during the day. Also I notice most after only a week out as a rookie you are now team driving with your trainer. Crazy to think about that but I basically did the same thing when I started 23 years ago. Now though it looks focus on trainees so they can pay the lower rates. No reason to retain a senior driver anymore.

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  • July 10, 2017 at 12:23 pm
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    I wouldn't be convinced by any statistics about driver experience unless they include statistics about the age of the drivers involved — because younger drivers take more risks. And that is just a fact.

    Show me a study where people took up truck driving at the age of 45 or 50 and tell me what THEIR accident rate is for their first 5 years. I'll bet you dollars for donuts it's half the rate of the guys who get their CDL at 25.

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  • July 10, 2017 at 12:41 pm
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    I'm just getting into trucking and I'm doing the best I can I'm doing all my pre trip and being as safe as I can. I paid attention and I use the Smith system even before I started driving trucks. I'm an older person and have a long military background. I'm not saying I'm better but even with my short time otr, I've seen some crazy stuff, I just Wana do my job and be safe and I appreciate the drivers that have been there and done that I hope I can meet and learn from you. stay safe

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  • July 10, 2017 at 12:52 pm
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    do I have to be able to read and speak English to drive the big trucks?

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  • July 10, 2017 at 1:18 pm
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    if I put a towel around my head and wear flip flops can I get me a good trucking job? I promise I'll leave my sucide vest at home

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  • July 10, 2017 at 1:20 pm
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    lets get those rookies in the trucks faster so we can haul some cheap freight!

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  • July 10, 2017 at 2:10 pm
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    The one thing that I do when I train new drivers is to teach from the mistakes that I have made. It shows that everyone can make mistakes and give them my cell number if they have a problem down the road call before doing it and maybe I can help

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  • July 10, 2017 at 2:21 pm
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    im not going to mention what company i am working (fear of loosing my job if they read this) for but i am a student. their training program is 275 hours. they are running me team after 60 hours and they treat student trucks like team trucks. the purpose of training should be for the student to get experience safely not run my ass like a team. i dont think they should run teams until the very end of training.

    besides team driving is NOT something i am every interested in doing. my sleep patterns in a moving truck are not good. if i am not getting a proper rest, that's not really that safe either. they already asked me if i wanted to drive team. the answer was absolutely not. not living my life in a vehicle that is always moving and not getting proper sleep great way to get burned out.

    the training period more or less seems like a way to get the students to drive for cheaper wages. i am not an experienced driver by any means and the only thing that will save me is extreme caution.

    after 60 some hours i am not comfortable driving this thing by myself. i told my trainer that if i have to do this by myself they might as well just give me my own truck right now.

    i dont like this but i just have to suck it up, gain the experience and eventually go work for a smaller private company

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  • July 10, 2017 at 2:41 pm
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    it's more than just the ata,when I went through Sage truck driving school I went out for a drive I think 3-5 time for a total of 1.5 hrs.didnt do any backing at all,didnt go do any steep grades,or grades at all…so when I got to my first job it was scary for both of us cause I knew how unprepared I was….thank god my trainer was awesome….saftey is so overlooked all in the pursuit of money..

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  • July 10, 2017 at 3:09 pm
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    I couldn't agree more 'Dave" …with 35 yrs driving ..48 states & 4 provinces of canada and an absolute clean record , no accidents , cargo claims , …then I instructed @ a nation wide CDL school for 6 yrs …..it' takes COMMON SENSE . AND PAYING ATTENTION " to stay safe ….the ATA / DOT / FMCSA are all idiots …99% have never driven truck ..but they know how to our jobs better than we do ….Hmmmm….?

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  • July 10, 2017 at 4:01 pm
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    Yup go ahead and join, welcome aboard. I appreciate their stand and approach, at least they work at getting the drivers voice heard, and they do try hard

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  • July 10, 2017 at 4:47 pm
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    Lol swift recruiter maybe.

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  • July 10, 2017 at 5:33 pm
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    i WOULD LOVE TO TALK TO THE ONE DUCKING IDIOT THAT GAVE THIS VIDEO A THUMBS DOWN.

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  • July 10, 2017 at 6:10 pm
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    it is truly amazing the difference in the view of the ATA and the OOIDA —- but then the OOIDA has used some common sense

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  • July 10, 2017 at 6:55 pm
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    all the large company's support the ATA — and thy don't give a shit about driver's just company profit — think what it will be like in about 5 more year's when ELD's and other reg. drive out the remaining experienced driver's

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  • July 10, 2017 at 7:50 pm
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    Dave how can I get a Smart trucking cap?

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  • July 10, 2017 at 8:38 pm
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    gives them reason to support otto , the higher the accident rate the more we will need driverless vehicles i guess thats there reasoning 10-4

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  • July 10, 2017 at 9:04 pm
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    Dave,
    As a member of OOIDA I am a firm believer that everyone should be a member and support that organization. They have a lot of stuff available for truckers and most importantly they lobby on behalf of the truckers. More members = More money to lobby.
    Hopefully the new administration will be able to make good on de-regulating businesses such as trucking which will help the lowly owner operators out there. With the one in, two out rule for regulations one can only hope that we get "smart trucking" regulations instead of just piling on more regulations and OOIDA will lobby on our behalf.
    Common sense says that they owner operator is going to be the safest driver cause he owns the equipment and has to foot the bill for an accident. If they truly wanted safer roads this is the segment they should be helping.
    I run under my own authority and most of the regulations are, well, just plain stupid.

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