Archive for February, 2018

“Elite” Team named Drivers of the Month

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

National Carriers, Inc. has named Lisa Peal and Louis Jones as Drivers of the Month for December 2017. The owner operators live in Lubbock, Texas and transport freight on the National Carriers Southwest Regional Fleet. They now are finalists for NCI Driver of the Year, which will be announced during a company award ceremony held at the Bob Duncan Center in Arlington, Texas.

Jones stated, “Neither Lisa or myself come from over-the-road-trucking backgrounds. When we bought our truck, I asked a friend for advice. He told me he had driven for National Carriers in the past and if he were still driving, this is where he would be. I decided to give it a try and that was three years ago. Lisa joined me as a co-driver this past summer.”

“Louis and Lisa are very quiet people and easy to get along with. NCI can always count on them in times of need and to do their job every day. We appreciate them for what they do for our company and enjoy working with them,” shared Operations Manager, Shaun Berry.

Peal said, “I joined Louis on the truck this year. I know it gets lonely when he is by himself for weeks at a time on the road. Together, we have a plan for our future and we are working hard to accomplish our goals through National Carriers.”

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 announced at the NCI Driver of the Year Banquet on April 20th.

  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.

Automated vehicles and driver jobs

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

The U.S. Department of Transportation is making a statement on automated vehicles, their progress, and the impact on driver jobs.

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao discussed the Department’s progress in advancing the release of Federal Automated Vehicle Policy (FAVP) 3.0, also known as A Vision for Safety 3.0,  during her remarks at CES in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Autonomous vehicle technologies will have a tremendous impact on society in terms of safety, mobility, and security,” Secretary Chao said.

FAVP 3.0 will emphasize a unified, intermodal approach to automated driving systems (ADSs) policy. It will enable the safe integration of surface automated transportation systems, including cars, trucks, light rail, infrastructure, and port operations.

“Policy makers need to preserve the creativity and innovation that is part of the American tradition and allow innovation to flourish,” Secretary Chao added.

As part of its efforts, the Department today published several automated vehicle notices for public comment on the DOT Website and submitted them to the Federal Register. The Department is seeking public input from across the transportation industry to identify barriers to innovation and shape initiatives.

The published notices include:

·       Federal Highway Administration (FHWA):

o      Request for Information (RFI) on Integration of ADS into the Highway Transportation System: To better understand what is needed to accommodate ADS technologies, and maximize their potential benefits, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) seeks the public’s input through a formal RFI to supplement strategy development. Advancing the next generation of America’s transportation network can only happen with input from an array of informed sources, including stakeholders, industry experts and the public at large.

 

Grant to help those with driver jobs

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

A grant for those affected by recent hurricanes may affect driver jobs.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced the immediate availability of $6.5 million in “quick release” Emergency Relief (ER) funds for further repairs to roads and bridges throughout the U.S. Virgin Islands.

“The work continues to rebuild broken transportation links in the U.S. Virgin Islands in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria,” said Acting Federal Highway Administrator Brandye L. Hendrickson. “These additional funds will help ensure residents can travel safely.”

The additional funding supplements $8 million in ER funds previously made available to the U.S. Virgin Islands for Hurricanes Maria and Irma damage, bringing the total amount to $14.5 million for emergency work.  The bulk of the funds provided today will be used to restore traffic signal service on the islands of St. Thomas and St. Croix and make repairs to damaged intersections critical to highway safety.

The FHWA’s ER program provides funding for highways and bridges damaged by natural disasters or catastrophic events.

The “quick release” payments to U.S. Virgin Islands are considered as initial installments of funds used to restore essential traffic and limit further highway damage, which can help long-term repair work begin more quickly.