Grants go to help driver jobs

November 6th, 2017

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that it has awarded more than $70 million in grants to states and educational institutions to enhance commercial motor vehicle (CMV) safety and boost driver jobs.

“Our shared goal of a safer transportation system is a top priority,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.  “These grants will further assist state and local officials in their efforts to prevent commercial motor vehicle crashes and injuries each year, and have the potential to save hundreds of lives.”

FMCSA announced:

  • $41.5 million in High Priority (HP) grants to enhance states’ commercial motor vehicle safety efforts, as well as advance technological capability within states,
  • $30.7 million in Commercial Driver’s License Program Implementation (CDLPI) grants to enhance efforts by states to improve the national commercial driver’s license (CDL) program, and
  • $1 million in Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Safety Training grants to nine education institutions to help train veterans for jobs as commercial bus and truck drivers.

“In addition, the Department is proud to recognize the sacrifices of our nation’s heroes by providing more veterans with the opportunity to contribute to the safety of our roadways through training grants for the next generation of commercial drivers,” Secretary Chao added.

FMCSA’s High Priority (HP) grant program consists of HP-Commercial Motor Vehicle (HP-CMV) grants and HP-Innovative Technology Deployment (HP-ITD) grants.  HP-CMV grants are designed to provide financial assistance to state commercial vehicle safety efforts, while HP-ITD grants provide financial assistance to advance the technological capability and promote the deployment of intelligent transportation system applications for CMV operations.

“Safe drivers lead to safer roadways, and safer roadways ensure that our loved ones return home at the end of their journey,” said FMCSA Deputy Administrator Daphne Jefferson.  “These grants will help ensure that our state partners have the tools and resources they need to support FMCSA’s mission of reducing crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses.”

 

Outstanding Drivers Recognized at the “Elite” Fleet

October 25th, 2017

Jeff Gutzler has been awarded Driver of the Month for September of 2017 by National Carriers, Inc. He operates a company truck within NCI Hides Division where he recently celebrated his tenth anniversary. He and his wife, Billie, are residents of Portales, New Mexico. He is now a finalist for NCI Driver of the Year to be announced in April of 2018.

National Carriers spokesman Ed Kentner stated, “Jeff is one of the most upbeat, professional drivers in the industry. His appearance and attitude is always professional. Drawing from his military background he completes assigned tasks with minimal assistance. He has twenty-four years of safe truck driving with the last million and a half miles with NCI. He is now eligible to compete for our NCI Driver of the Year Award in April of 2018.”

Gutzler explains his motivation while driving, “I am always looking behind, looking to each side, looking ahead, looking far ahead, always on the lookout for the other driver who may not be paying attention or who is driving dangerously. Defensive driving cannot be over emphasized. I am thankful the opportunity NCI has given me and I also appreciate being recognized as driver of the month.”

The “Elite” Fleet has recently recognized Laura McCullough, Roger Alexander, Mike Wylie, and James Johnson with safety rings in recognition of five years of accident free driving while Robert Mallard was recognized for ten years.

Each Driver of the Month is a finalist for NCI Driver of the Year 2017 with each monthly winner receiving a $500 bonus. National Carriers Driver of the Year is awarded a $5000 prize at the NCI Driver of the Year Banquet held in Arlington, Texas in the spring of 2018.

Company Information

National Carriers is a diversified motor carrier servicing all 48 states in the continental United States with transportation offerings which include refrigerated, livestock, and logistics services. At National Carriers, our mission is “to be the safest, most customer-focused, and successful motor carrier in our class.”

Being part of the Elite Fleet® means enjoying a career worthy of your skills and commitment to excellence. We believe long-term success is waiting for you at National Carriers®, one of the nation’s oldest, most respected and largest carriers. Learn about our exciting opportunities for owner operators as well as company drivers. If you are interested in a leasing a truck, National Carriers® Leasing Division is the ideal partner to help you get started.

Dawn Roberts Named Driver of the Month at “Elite” Fleet

October 14th, 2017

National Carriers, Inc. has named Dawn Roberts as Driver of the Month for August of 2017. She drives a company truck on National Carriers Southwest Regional Fleet and lives in Houma Louisiana. She is now a finalist for National Carriers, Inc. Driver of the Year to be announced in April of 2018.

Safety Director Jill Maschmeier shared, “When our driver of the month selection committee called Dawn to notify her that she had been selected, her reaction was precious! She was starting to tear up from joy and surprise. The shock and disbelief in her voice was priceless. She is a humble person who does an exceptional job every day and our committee was pleased to name her as driver of the month. She now will compete for the $5000 Driver of the Year Award.”

A former airline stewardess, Roberts was employed as a flatbed driver when she noticed National Carriers trucks on the road. She was impressed with them and made herself a promise that one day she’d drive for the “Elite” Fleet. Later she and her driving partner joined NCI. After a short stay he decided to return to pulling flatbed trailers and she went to care for her sister who had become paralyzed. In June of 2016 she returned to drive solo and fourteen months later she is recognized for her excellence.

Roberts is surprised at being selected as driver of the month, “The first time I saw National Carriers trucks I was impressed. I thought to myself that someday I would drive for them. Once my sister’s situation was resolved I called National and was delighted when they rehired me. I enjoy driving trucks and the automatic transmission in my current Kenworth is a great thing. I’ve worked in the airline business and the oilfield business, but once I decided driving class “A” trucks was what I wanted to do, I grew into being a truck driver.”

Each Driver of the Month is a finalist for NCI Driver of the Year 2017 with each monthly winner receiving a $500 bonus. National Carriers Driver of the Year is awarded a $5000 prize at the NCI Driver of the Year Banquet held in Arlington, Texas in the spring of 2018.

Company Information

National Carriers is a diversified motor carrier servicing all 48 states in the continental United States with transportation offerings which include refrigerated, livestock, and logistics services. At National Carriers, our mission is “to be the safest, most customer-focused, and successful motor carrier in our class.”  

Being part of the Elite Fleet® means enjoying a career worthy of your skills and commitment to excellence. We believe long-term success is waiting for you at National Carriers®, one of the nation’s oldest, most respected and largest carriers. Learn about our exciting opportunities for owner operators as well as company drivers.  If you are interested in a leasing a truck, National Carriers® Leasing Division is the ideal partner to help you get started.

How the hurricane affected driver jobs

October 7th, 2017

The U.S. Department of Transportation issued a Regional Emergency Declaration in advance of Hurricane Irma for the States of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands, which will affect all driver jobs in the area.

Emergency Declarations trigger the temporary suspension of certain Federal safety regulations for motor carriers and drivers engaged in specific aspects of the emergency relief, including direct assistance for the immediate restoration of essential services (such as electrical, sewer, water, and telecommunications) or essential supplies (such as food, water, medical supplies, and fuel).

“I have directed all USDOT modal administrations to take immediate, pro-active steps in preparation for the impending landfall of this very powerful, and very dangerous hurricane,” Secretary Chao said. “As with Hurricane Harvey, the Department of Transportation will continue to work closely with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other Federal and State entities to provide every resource available for areas impacted by Hurricane Irma.”

Carriers and drivers must adhere to these requirements even during relief from FMCSA regulations:

  • Drivers responding to provide “direct assistance” to an “emergency” meeting the definitions in 49 CFR 390.5 and declared by FMCSA or a governor, are exempt from applicable regulations in all States on their route to the emergency , even though those States may not be involved in the emergency or stated in the declaration of emergency.
  • These exemptions, when in effect, only apply to 49 CFR Parts 390-399. They do NOT exempt drivers/carriers from the requirements relating to CDL, drug/alcohol, hazardous materials, size & weight, or State/Federal registration and tax requirements. (However, a Governor’s Declaration may add some of those exemptions – read the declaration for details.)
  • Even if an Emergency Declaration is still in effect, the emergency must be on-going and you must be providing direct emergency assistance in order to be exempt from safety regulations.

Company hires for driver jobs

October 7th, 2017

UPS is hiring big for holiday driver jobs.

The company said it expects to hire about 95,000 seasonal employees to support the anticipated increase in package volume that will begin in November and continue through January 2018.

“Our seasonal jobs often lead to permanent employment and even careers for some,” said CEO David Abney. “We offer flexible shifts and full- and part-time positions. If you are a student, a working mom or just looking to make extra money for the holidays, we have a job for you.”

The full- and part-time seasonal positions – primarily package handlers, drivers and driver-helpers – have long been an entry point for permanent employment at UPS. Many senior UPS executives, including CEO David Abney and three other members of the company’s Management Committee, started their UPS careers as part-time employees.

Over the last three years, 35 percent of the people UPS hired for seasonal package handler jobs were later hired in a permanent position when the holidays were over.

Jackie Nicholas, a full-time recruiter at UPS, began her career as a seasonal employee in 1998. “As a mother, the great pay and benefits have been critical for my family, and so has the flexibility,” said Jackie. “After my husband got home from work we’d put the kids to bed and then I’d head off to work the overnight shift. I could sleep when I got home and still have time to attend the kids’ field trips and classroom events.” She added, “Now that the kids are out of college I’m working full-time.”

Grants go to improve driver jobs

October 3rd, 2017

A number of grants are going to improve driver jobs.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that it has awarded more than $70 million in grants to states and educational institutions to enhance commercial motor vehicle (CMV) safety.

“Our shared goal of a safer transportation system is a top priority,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.  “These grants will further assist state and local officials in their efforts to prevent commercial motor vehicle crashes and injuries each year, and have the potential to save hundreds of lives.”

FMCSA announced:

  • $41.5 million in High Priority (HP) grants to enhance states’ commercial motor vehicle safety efforts, as well as advance technological capability within states,
  • $30.7 million in Commercial Driver’s License Program Implementation (CDLPI) grants to enhance efforts by states to improve the national commercial driver’s license (CDL) program, and
  • $1 million in Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Safety Training grants to nine education institutions to help train veterans for jobs as commercial bus and truck drivers.

“In addition, the Department is proud to recognize the sacrifices of our nation’s heroes by providing more veterans with the opportunity to contribute to the safety of our roadways through training grants for the next generation of commercial drivers,” Secretary Chao added.

FMCSA’s High Priority (HP) grant program consists of HP-Commercial Motor Vehicle (HP-CMV) grants and HP-Innovative Technology Deployment (HP-ITD) grants.  HP-CMV grants are designed to provide financial assistance to state commercial vehicle safety efforts, while HP-ITD grants provide financial assistance to advance the technological capability and promote the deployment of intelligent transportation system applications for CMV operations.

“Safe drivers lead to safer roadways, and safer roadways ensure that our loved ones return home at the end of their journey,” said FMCSA Deputy Administrator Daphne Jefferson.  “These grants will help ensure that our state partners have the tools and resources they need to support FMCSA’s mission of reducing crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses.”

State of emergency for driver jobs

September 9th, 2017

The U.S. Department of Transportation is directing the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to issue a Regional Emergency Declaration in advance of Hurricane Irma for the States of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands, which will affect driver jobs.

Emergency Declarations trigger the temporary suspension of certain Federal safety regulations for motor carriers and drivers engaged in specific aspects of the emergency relief, including direct assistance for the immediate restoration of essential services (such as electrical, sewer, water, and telecommunications) or essential supplies (such as food, water, medical supplies, and fuel).

“I have directed all USDOT modal administrations to take immediate, pro-active steps in preparation for the impending landfall of this very powerful, and very dangerous hurricane,” Secretary Chao said. “As with Hurricane Harvey, the Department of Transportation will continue to work closely with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other Federal and State entities to provide every resource available for areas impacted by Hurricane Irma.”

Carriers and drivers must adhere to these requirements even during relief from FMCSA regulations:

  • Drivers responding to provide “direct assistance” to an “emergency” meeting the definitions in 49 CFR 390.5 and declared by FMCSA or a governor, are exempt from applicable regulations in all States on their route to the emergency , even though those States may not be involved in the emergency or stated in the declaration of emergency.
  • These exemptions, when in effect, only apply to 49 CFR Parts 390-399. They do NOT exempt drivers/carriers from the requirements relating to CDL, drug/alcohol, hazardous materials, size & weight, or State/Federal registration and tax requirements. (However, a Governor’s Declaration may add some of those exemptions – read the declaration for details.)
  • Even if an Emergency Declaration is still in effect, the emergency must be on-going and you must be providing direct emergency assistance in order to be exempt from safety regulations.

An FMCSA Regional Emergency Declaration continues to exist for Hurricane Harvey.  The Agency has created a special webpage – https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/harvey – containing resources, links and information for commercial motor vehicle carriers and drivers. Additional content will be regularly added.

 

Will Panera create more driver jobs?

September 9th, 2017

Food giant Panera is expected to create more driver jobs.

The restaurant expects to add more than 10,000 new in-cafe and delivery driver jobs system-wide by the end of 2017 as it expands delivery service to 35-40 percent of its cafes by year end.

“Panera is doing for delivery what we did for quick service – creating an elevated guest experience endto-end,” Ron Shaich, Panera founder, Chairman and CEO said. “In many places across the country, all that’s available for delivery is pizza or Chinese food. We’re closing the gap in delivery alternatives and creating a way for people to have more options for real food delivered to their homes and workplaces.”

By linking delivery orders with MyPanera, the restaurant industry’s largest program with more than 25 million members, guests are able to save their favorites, earn and track rewards, and receive one-of-a-kind special offers.

The new digital and mobile ordering-based service, Panera Delivery, will provide lunch and dinner to offices, hospitals, campuses and homes, typically within an eight-minute drive of a Panera bakery-cafe. Cafes will generally deliver between the hours of 11 a.m. and 8 p.m., seven days a week, for as little as a $5 menu purchase plus a $3 delivery fee in most locations.

In addition, Panera is currently rolling out a new order tracking system, powered by Bringg technology, which lets the guest track their delivery order all the way to their home or office. The guest can see expected arrival time, follow the delivery’s progress on a map, see a picture of and be introduced to their driver, and receive a notification when their driver is arriving

Family Man Named Driver of the Month

September 1st, 2017

National Carriers, Inc. is pleased to announce Alfredo Tapia Martinez of Liberal, KS as NCI Driver of the Month for July 2017. Alfredo owns and operates a truck within the NCI Livestock Division. He attended Seward County Vocational Technical School in 2000 earning his CDL and joined National Carriers through their lease purchase program upon graduation.

NCI Director of Livestock, Jason Greer stated that Alfredo can be counted on every time he is assigned a load of cattle to transport. Cattle are shipped from feed yards in Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Iowa, as well as Kansas to National Beef Packers for processing. NCI livestock drivers are trained to load, transport, and unload cattle without hotshots or other stress inducing methods. Alfredo excels in this area according to Greer.

Alfredo has another career outside of trucking that has also earned him an outstanding reputation. He writes popular songs in his native Spanish language. His songs are in demand by well-known musical groups throughout the United States and Mexico. When asked why he continues to work at National Carriers instead of pursuing a full time music career he states he would not risk losing his family due to the demands of the music business. He creates many of his song ideas while transporting cattle form location to location.

Each Driver of the Month is a finalist for NCI Driver of the Year 2017 with each monthly winner receiving a $500 bonus. National Carriers Driver of the Year is awarded a $5000 prize at the NCI Driver of the Year Banquet held in Arlington, Texas in the spring of 2018.

Tapia Trucking Best fam

Company Information

National Carriers is a diversified motor carrier servicing all 48 states in the continental United States with transportation offerings which include refrigerated, livestock, and logistics services. At National Carriers, our mission is “to be the safest, most customer-focused, and successful motor carrier in our class.”  

Being part of the Elite Fleet® means enjoying a career worthy of your skills and commitment to excellence. We believe long-term success is waiting for you at National Carriers®, one of the nation’s oldest, most respected and largest carriers. Learn about our exciting opportunities for owner operators as well as company drivers.  If you are interested in a leasing a truck, National Carriers® Leasing Division is the ideal partner to help you get started.

Loan to improve driver jobs

August 8th, 2017

A new loan from the Department of Transportation will improve the road along with driver jobs.

The Department of Transportation’s Build America Bureau (Bureau) will provide up to a $628.93 million Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan to the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), at 2.91% with a term of 35 years after substantial completion for the I-405 Improvement Project (Project).  The TIFIA loan represents 33% of eligible project costs totaling $1.91 billion.

The I-405, a major highway in Southern California, is a major link between Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego counties.  It is also an essential part of the National Highway System and an integral part of the FHWA’s Primary Freight Network offering direct access to the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach, two of the busiest ports in the nation.

The Project will be built on a 16-mile corridor in northwest Orange County on the I-405 (the San Diego Freeway) between State Route 73 (SR-73) and Interstate 605 (I-605).  Once complete, it will add one new General Purpose (“GP”) lane and one new toll lane in each direction.  The new tolled express lanes will combine with the existing high occupancy vehicle (“HOV”) lanes to create two Express Lanes in each direction in the I-405 median from SR 73 to I-605.  The Project will also replace 18 bridges, and includes the construction of new and widened bridges, improvements to the auxiliary lanes, utility relocations, new sound walls, and additions to the tolling and Transportation System Management and Transportation Demand Management systems.

According to OCTA, the project will create approximately 42,000 jobs during construction, improve safety, reduce congestion and emergency access time to highway incidents, and reduce annual vehicle hours of delay along the corridor by two million hours in the opening year.

OCTA has stated that a TIFIA secured loan is critical to ensuring its ability to secure the entire funding amount required to construct and maintain the Project.  Over its 35-year life, OCTA estimates that the TIFIA loan will save OCTA about $300 million, and will also ensure accelerated delivery of the Project using the design-build model.  Without the TIFIA loan, it is likely that the Project could be delayed.