Grant will improve those with driver jobs

August 6th, 2018

A new grant for the city of Atlanta will affect the flow of those with driver jobs.

A proposed $184,124,447 Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant will go towards building additional, dedicated express lanes on State Route (SR) 400, a major commuter route for Atlanta residents.

“The new express lanes on SR 400 will enhance safety and decrease congestion and travel times for everyone,” said Secretary Chao.

“I’m grateful for the leadership of Secretary Chao, GDOT Commissioner Russell McMurry, and all those who had a hand in bringing us to this point. This demonstrates the strong partnerships we have at each level of government,” added Congressman Rob Woodall (GA-07).

“The SR 400 Express Lanes project will play a critical role in helping improve mobility in a corridor that is vital to connecting people, jobs, and freight. We are grateful to the Department of Transportation for investing in Georgia’s transportation network,” GDOT Commissioner Russell McMurry said.

The SR 400 express lanes project is included in GDOT’s Major Mobility Investment Program (MMIP), which addresses congestion issues. GDOT projects that these lanes will reduce delay by over 19,000 hours per day along the SR 400 corridor by 2030.  The proposed INFRA grant would award $184,124,447 to construct approximately 17 miles of priced two-lane, bidirectional managed lanes along SR 400 from I-285 to McGinnis Ferry Road in Fulton County, and one managed lane in each direction from McGinnis Ferry Road north to McFarland Parkway in Forsyth County.

The project will connect with the SR 400 and I-285 Interchange Reconstruction project in Fulton and DeKalb Counties using approximately 8 miles of collector-distributor lanes currently under construction. There are 9 proposed access points for the express lanes, including three full interchanges, and six locations with slip lanes. The project area includes 22 bridges, approximately half of which will be replaced or widened.

INFRA grants support the Administration’s commitment to fixing our nation’s crumbling infrastructure by creating opportunities for all levels of government and the private sector to fund infrastructure, using innovative approaches to improve the necessary processes for building significant projects, and increasing accountability for the projects that are built.

New program affects driver jobs

August 6th, 2018

A new program is may go a long ways towards improving 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.

Complete information on the pilot program and the related information collection is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on July 5, 2018; an advance copy is available on FMCSA’s website at https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/under-21-pilot-program-frn.

Before the pilot program can officially commence, FMCSA is required by Federal statute to allow a public comment period, followed by the Agency’s published responses in the Federal Register.

Clarification to affect driver jobs

July 8th, 2018

A new clarification will affect those who hold driver jobs.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced new regulatory guidance clarifying the longstanding 150 air-miles hours-of-service agricultural commodity exemption as well as providing additional explanatory detail of the “personal conveyance” provision.

“Due to input from commercial vehicle stakeholders and the public, the Department has taken steps to provide greater clarity and flexibility regarding the intent and effect of these regulations, for the agricultural and other sectors,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.

FMCSA published Federal Register notices proposing regulatory guidance for the transportation of agricultural commodities and the use of personal conveyance in December, 2017 and requested public comment. FMCSA is providing clarity on the use of the agricultural exemption and personal conveyance to both industry and law enforcement along with providing as much flexibility as possible for the industry, while maintaining safety.

“We are dedicated to finding effective solutions to challenges, exploring new opportunities for innovation and constantly seeking ways to improve,” said FMCSA Administrator Raymond P. Martinez.

In all, nearly 850 public comments were submitted to the Federal Register dockets on the proposed guidance pertaining to the transportation of agricultural commodities as well as on the personal conveyance provision.

The new regulatory guidance is developed within a clear, questions-and-answers format and explains the 150 air-mile radius agricultural commodity exemption and how the “source” of the commodity is determined.

Program to increase driver jobs

July 8th, 2018

A new program will go towards increasing driver job recruitment.

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.

Invaluable Contributor named Driver of the Month

June 29th, 2018

Driver of the Month for May of 2018 at National Carriers, Inc. is company driver Tommy McMahon. He lives in Jasper, Texas, and operates a company truck throughout the lower 48 states. McMahon began working at National Carriers in January of 2010.

For his accomplishment, he received a bonus of $1000 and is now a finalist for NCI Driver of the Year, which includes a bonus of $10,000.

“In December of 2009, the company I had worked for eight years closed their doors, leaving drivers stranded all over the country. NCI called me before I had a chance to look for another job. They were looking for people that were not job hoppers, who wanted stability and wanted to work. In a matter of days, I was in Irving, Texas, attending orientation. I’ve stayed at NCI because of the family atmosphere. I feel like I belong here. I’m not just a driver.” McMahon shared.

National Carriers spokesman Ed Kentner stated, “Whether the subject is safe driving habits, on time deliveries, truck maintenance or customer service, Tommy McMahon is a leader in each area. From the first day he attended orientation through today, he has made himself an invaluable contributor to National Carriers continued success.”

McMahon said earnestly, “I haven’t any hesitation to walk into the president’s office and visit. He treats me as a human being, not just as a driver. He cares what is going on with me, my business and my equipment. Customer service, dispatch, the shop, safety and driver services all have an open-door policy. Even our settlement department is excellent in communicating with our drivers. I don’t worry about my payroll because I know it is done right. If I send in the right information, I will get the right paycheck each week. I receive an email on Wednesday stating what my deposit will be. Friday, when I wake up, I can check my account and it will be there.”

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.

Regulatory guidance to affect driver jobs

June 6th, 2018

New regulatory guidance may have an impact on driver jobs.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced new regulatory guidance clarifying the longstanding 150 air-miles hours-of-service agricultural commodity exemption as well as providing additional explanatory detail of the “personal conveyance” provision.

“Due to input from commercial vehicle stakeholders and the public, the Department has taken steps to provide greater clarity and flexibility regarding the intent and effect of these regulations, for the agricultural and other sectors,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.

FMCSA published Federal Register notices proposing regulatory guidance for the transportation of agricultural commodities and the use of personal conveyance in December, 2017 and requested public comment. FMCSA is providing clarity on the use of the agricultural exemption and personal conveyance to both industry and law enforcement along with providing as much flexibility as possible for the industry, while maintaining safety.

“We are dedicated to finding effective solutions to challenges, exploring new opportunities for innovation and constantly seeking ways to improve,” said FMCSA Administrator Raymond P. Martinez.

In all, nearly 850 public comments were submitted to the Federal Register dockets on the proposed guidance pertaining to the transportation of agricultural commodities as well as on the personal conveyance provision.

The new regulatory guidance is developed within a clear, questions-and-answers format and explains the 150 air-mile radius agricultural commodity exemption and how the “source” of the commodity is determined.

Raul Davila named Driver of the Month for National Carriers Inc.!

May 22nd, 2018

Owner Operator Raul Davila has been named April Driver of the Month at National Carriers, Inc. Raul lives in Dodge City, Kansas and operates his truck within the NCI Hide division. In April he ran 21% more miles than the fleet average. He has an exceptional safety rating, with no accidents, incidents, late pickups or late deliveries. He joined NCI as a company driver in March 2014. Later that year he leased his truck through NCI Truck Leasing. After completing his lease he exercised the option to buy his truck.

Initially, Davila applied to National Carriers and was turned down due to lack of over the road driving experience. He reapplied after he achieved the required experience and was rewarded with a new truck which he later went on to purchase.

Davila stated, “When I joined National Carriers, my goal was to own a truck. I began as a company driver then I had the option to lease my truck. After completing the truck lease I purchased it. I have driven this truck since it had 1100 miles. I am proud to have been able to purchase my truck and I am pleased to be named driver of the month. My wife likes my driving schedule and I love what I do. I have an awesome dispatcher in Phil Eade. If he needs any assistance, his boss, Jason Greer, steps in to lend a hand.”

Director of NCI Livestock and Hides division, Jason Greer, shares, “Raul flies under the radar. He hustles, understands his job, and is reliable. He is an outstanding driver who navigates the regulations and requirements that are in place and exceeds in every area that is monitored. He takes a difficult job and makes it look easy.”

Davila has been awarded a $1000 bonus and is now a finalist for 2018 Driver of the Year. He will be an honored guest next April during National Carriers, Inc. Driver of the Year Banquet held in Arlington, TX. The winner will be awarded a bonus check of $10,000.

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  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.

 

Top Driver is Retired Captain

May 15th, 2018

 

Former offshore drilling rig operator and retired Merchant Marine Captain, Jay Heater, has added another accolade to his long list of accomplishments. National Carriers has named him Driver of the Month for March 2018.  Heater makes his home in Florida and operates a company truck on the NCI 48 State fleet.

” I saw a very positive online review of National Carriers so I gave them a call. Director of Recruiting, Rick Ham, spent over an hour with me discussing exactly what I could expect if I joined the “Elite” Fleet.  I appreciate the time he spent with me and everything he said would happen, has happened, “Heater shared.

Rick Ham elaborated, “Jay was working for another company who was not meeting his needs.  When he called, Jay had many questions, good questions, and he knew what he was doing. He told me if he came to NCI he’d be the best driver we have if we could keep him running.  I told him if he would do what we do and go where we go, he’d stay busy. This Driver of the Month recognition is an example of both parties working together for mutual driving success.”

Heater gives additional credit to Director of Operations, Lex Mendenhall. He feels he can go to Mendenhall with any questions or concerns he may have. National Carriers dispatches his truck allowing Heater to run the miles and receive the home time he needs to be successful.

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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.

Emergency relief will help driver jobs

May 6th, 2018

A surge of emergency relief funds will help repair roads and improve driver jobs.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) said more than $1 billion in Emergency Relief (ER) funds to help 32 states, several U.S. territories and Federal Land Management Agencies (FLMA) repair roads and bridges damaged by storms, floods and other unexpected events.

FHWA’s ER program reimburses states, territories and FLMAs for eligible expenses associated with damage from natural disasters or other emergency situations.  The funds help to pay for the reconstruction or replacement of damaged highways and bridges along with the arrangement of detours and replacement of guardrails or other damaged safety devices.

“The Administration is helping states and territories repair and rebuild their infrastructure in the wake of last year’s hurricanes and other disasters across the country,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

At approximately $263.7 million, more than a fourth of the total amount provided today will be used to repair damages caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. This includes awards of $75,000,000 to Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey; $97,000,000 to Florida as they repair damage from Hurricane Irma; and $70,000,000 to assist in Puerto Rico’s rebuilding after Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

“We stand with all those who have been impacted by a natural disaster from the time of the emergency and until all repairs are completed,” said Acting Federal Highway Administrator Brandye L. Hendrickson. “The funding announced will serve the traveling public by reimbursing local communities that have made repairs to damaged critical surface transportation infrastructure.”

Program to affect driver jobs

May 6th, 2018

A new program from the Department of Transportation will largely affect driver jobs.

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) published a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to apply for $1.5 billion in discretionary grant funding through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program.

BUILD Transportation grants will replace the pre-existing Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program. As the Administration looks to enhance America’s infrastructure, FY 2018 BUILD Transportation grants are for investments in surface transportation infrastructure and are to be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant local or regional impact. BUILD funding can support roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports or intermodal transportation.

“BUILD Transportation grants will help communities revitalize their surface transportation systems while also increasing support for rural areas to ensure that every region of our country benefits,” said Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

Projects for BUILD will be evaluated based on merit criteria that include safety, economic competitiveness, quality of life, environmental protection, state of good repair, innovation, partnership, and additional non-federal revenue for future transportation infrastructure investments.

To reflect the Administration’s Infrastructure Initiative, DOT intends to award a greater share of BUILD Transportation grant funding to projects located in rural areas that align well with the selection criteria than to such projects in urban areas.  The notice highlights rural needs in several of the evaluation criteria, including support for rural broadband deployment where it is part of an eligible transportation project.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 made available $1.5 billion for National Infrastructure Investments, otherwise known as BUILD Transportation Discretionary grants, through September 30, 2020.  For this round of BUILD Transportation grants, the maximum grant award is $25 million, and no more than $150 million can be awarded to a single State, as specified in the FY 2018 Appropriations Act. At least 30 percent of funds must be awarded to projects located in rural areas.