Archive for September, 2018

National Carriers Gives Additional Pay Raises in 2018 While Awarding Two Drivers $10,000

Monday, September 17th, 2018

An over-the road and a regional refrigerated driver with Irving, Texas based National Carriers, Inc. have each been given a $5000 bonus check in a recent recruiting promotion. This promotion caps a year of pay increases for the “Elite” Fleet drivers. In September of 2017, an across-the-board two cent per mile raise was given to both regional and OTR drivers. In May of 2018, an additional 2 cents per miles raise was implemented for these highly valued drivers. This was closely followed in July by a performance bonus. The additional compensation will reward drivers in the top 25% of three areas: safety, fuel economy, and service. A driver in the top 25% of each category will receive an additional penny per mile. Any driver in the top 25% of each area will then receive an additional bonus of one cent per mile on all paid miles driven during the quarter.

“National Carriers is excited to continue rewarding our professional drivers for their dedication to excellence. We are pleased to increase our drivers pay and allow all drivers an opportunity to increase their income through exceptional performance,” said NCI spokesperson, Ed Kentner. “Our management team, led by President Jim Franck, is proud of our drivers. In addition to providing late-model,

Driver-friendly equipment with no-touch freight and weekly settlements, National Carriers leadership team is dedicated to offering drivers an industry-leading pay package.”

Another area allowing drivers to earn extra compensation is through National Carriers driver referral program. In addition to the normal bonuses earned for referring drivers or owner operators, a recent promotion resulted in a two-driver tie for an additional $5000 recruiting bonus. Solo drivers Paula Miller and Jim Knott were each awarded $5000 for their contribution instead of the traditional expected split of the compensation.

For the second year in a row, Conagra has named National Carriers a top performer in transporting their products. National Carriers supports and is involved with Women in Trucking, Truckers Against Trafficking, Truckload Carriers Association, and numerous other driver-related organizations.

How a pilot program will affect driver jobs

Sunday, September 9th, 2018

A new pilot program for the military may go a long way in staffing for driver jobs.

The Department of Transportation will launch a pilot program to permit 18-20 year olds who possess the U.S. Military equivalent of a commercial driver’s license (CDL) to operate large trucks in interstate commerce.

“This program will allow our Veterans and Reservists, to translate their extensive training into good-paying jobs operating commercial vehicles safely across the country, while also addressing the nationwide driver shortage,” said Secretary Chao.

As directed by Section 5404 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, the pilot program will grant a limited number of individuals between the ages of 18 and 20 to operate large trucks in interstate commerce – provided they possess the Military equivalent of a CDL and are sponsored by a participating trucking company.

“As our nation prepares to celebrate Independence Day, Secretary Chao and I were excited to highlight a program I helped champion to provide truck driver jobs to young veterans,” said Senator Fischer.

“This innovative program offers a way for our younger Veterans and Reservists to transition to the civilian workforce. I personally thank Secretary Chao and officials with the DOT who continue to find ways to utilize the training and talent of the men and women who served in uniform for our country,” said Congressman Bacon.

During the pilot program, which is slated to run for three years, the safety records of these drivers will be compared to the records of a control group of drivers.

 

Analyzing crash data and driver jobs

Sunday, September 9th, 2018

A new contest may impact how we analyze crash data for driver jobs.

The Department of Transportation has launched the Solving for Safety: Visualization Challenge, a national multistage competition for local government, data scientists, technologists, academia and safety experts to analyze risk on the surface transportation system through advanced data analytics.

“Under Secretary Chao’s leadership, we have continued to make significant progress in transportation safety. Today’s announcement asks participants to apply advanced analytics and technological innovations to dramatically improve safety on our roads,” said Under Secretary for Policy Derek Kan.

“Recent innovations in data analytics and visualization tools give us the potential to understand risk at the system level, and to develop tools and discover insights that will lead to new, life-saving strategies that address injuries and fatalities on our roadways,’ continued Kan.

Solving for Safety focuses on encouraging technology firms and safety stakeholders to create data visualizations that illuminate important insights about solving the highway safety problem.

To do more to ensure our roads are as safe as possible for the millions of Americans who travel each day, DOT is opening its different datasets- many of which are siloed, analyzed separately, and made available on just an annual basis- and asking data experts to develop tools that can be used to reduce risk.

Factors like the weather, road conditions, and time of day all play a role in risk- and targeted, sophisticated analysis will create, as Kan said, ‘clear, compelling data visualizations’, which can be used to mitigate crash risks.

Kan encouraged attendees at the Department’s Safety Data Forum to join the challenge and develop an analytical visualization tool that helps Solve for Safety.

The Challenge also invites companies and organizations to participate as Innovation Agents, a resource for Solvers. Innovation Agents are critical to the success of the Challenge by providing real world knowledge, guidance, insight, issues, data and recognition of the issue to non-transportation safety populations. A judging panel of cross-functional technical experts and senior level staff will select finalists and award prizes. Over the next six months, solvers will solve for safety and compete for part of the $350,000 prize purse.

Hours of service and driver jobs

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that it is seeking public comment on revising four specific areas of current hours-of-service (HOS) regulations, which limit the operating hours of commercial truck drivers.

The four specific areas under consideration for revision are:

  • Expanding the current 100 air-mile “short-haul” exemption from 12 hours on-duty to 14 hours on-duty, in order to be consistent with the rules for long-haul truck drivers;
  • Extending the current 14-hour on-duty limitation by up to two hours when a truck driver encounters adverse driving conditions;
  • Revising the current mandatory 30-minute break for truck drivers after 8-hours of continuous driving; and
  • Reinstating the option for splitting up the required 10-hour off-duty rest break for drivers operating trucks that are equipped with a sleeper-berth compartment.

Earlier this year, the congressionally mandated electronic logging device (ELD) rule, which required most FMCSA-regulated motor carriers to convert their records from paper to an electronic format, became effective.

While compliance with the ELD rule has reached nearly 99 percent across the trucking industry, it has also brought focus to HOS regulations, especially with regard to certain regulations having a significant impact on agriculture and other sectors of trucking.