Channel 19: Independence Basics – Binda Atwal’s Attractions To Trucking

(Last Updated On: February 8, 2018)


From Todd Dills, Overdrive:

Owner-operator Binda Atwal, based in Fresno, California, purchased his 2016 Kenworth T680 in 2015 after jumping into trucking when pursuit of a law degree from San Joaquin College of Law stalled. He drove for a larger fleet for a time before buying the KW and jumping on with a cousin, Sunny Atwal, and his ABT, Inc., small family fleet. Binda’s uncle, Sukh Atwal, is also an owner-operator involved in the four-truck company, hauling reefer freight working with a variety of brokers.

Atwal, unlike many in the Sikh community involved in trucking, was born and raised in the United States. His father had been a teacher in the Punjab region of India before he came to the United States in 1983, after which Atwal was born in California.

His college education and command of English were equal parts of the reason he came to deliver English speeches at Bakersfield, Fresno and Sacramento sites of the October anti-ELD mandate rallies. A video produced by the Bhandal Focus company featured part of his Fresno speech and ultimately went somewhat viral around the time of the efforts.

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