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U.S. Xpress takes ‘leadership position,’ increases base mileage pay by 13% average

Chief Operating Officer Eric Fuller noted that industry experts estimate there are approximately 200,000 open trucking jobs in the United States today.

The Trucker News Services

8/12/2014

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — U.S. Xpress on Tuesday announced that the company has taken a “leadership position” among national carriers by increasing its base mileage pay for over-the-road solo, non-dedicated truck drivers by an average of 13 percent.

The increase is effective Aug. 25 and is being implemented to ensure the company continues to recruit and retain the industry’s “most elite, most qualified” drivers.

“The trucking industry has and will always remain the lifeblood of the U.S. economy.  More important, our industry needs to celebrate professional, career drivers and better reward them for the hard work they do day in and day out to safely deliver freight on time and without incident,” said Max Fuller, CEO of U.S. Xpress.  “Drivers are the ones who ensure that our store shelves are not empty, manufacturing does not grind to a halt and our economy does not stall.”

Chief Operating Officer Eric Fuller noted that industry experts estimate there are approximately 200,000 open trucking jobs in the United States today.

“Demand for trucking services are on the rise,” Eric Fuller said. “The trucking industry must do more to attract, train and retain the drivers for the industry. Listening to feedback over the years we know pay is a very important aspect for our drivers and drivers in the industry.”

Max Fuller said the carrier was implementing the increase to take “a monumental step to becoming the carrier of choice for safe, career-minded professional truck drivers.”

In addition to increasing the base mileage pay, U.S. Xpress will also eliminate the sliding pay scale for all OTR solo drivers based on feedback from its current driver population.  For many, the sliding pay scale made it difficult for drivers to calculate their base pay from week to week.

Starting on Aug. 25, U.S. Xpress will implement a simpler pay structure where all OTR solo drivers will earn the same base mileage pay regardless of the length of haul that they are running for the company. 

U.S. Xpress made these significant changes to the pay structure for OTR solo driver because the company continues to identify new, emerging business opportunities with its strategic customers, most of which will be supported by OTR solo drivers.  By making this investment today, Max Fuller said U.S. Xpress would be in a better position to attract more professional, elite drivers that will help the company meet this emerging demand for its shipping services and ensure the company continues to grow as one of the leading providers of transportation services.

Eric Fuller said the company wants to attract the career professional truck driver.

“If you look at a lot of drivers out there on the road people are coming into the industry, staying here for three months, six months,” Eric Fuller said. “We want to attract the drivers who want to be truck drivers. We want to reward those drivers who want to be truck drivers. And we want to retain those people who want to be truck drivers. Our biggest hope is that trucking becomes a career that people want to get into.”

Max Fuller said every facet of our country depends upon some type of goods or services that were delivered by a professional truck driver.

In fact, he added, a recent report from the American Trucking Associations (ATA) stated that approximately 70 percent of the freight shipped annually in the United States was delivered by a truck driver, meaning that more than three million professional truck drivers are transporting more than 9.2 billion tons of freight by driving approximately three million heavy-duty, Class 8 trucks.

“With more goods and services being shipped by trucks, we need to expand the workforce so our industry has better trained, more qualified drivers that can take better care of our customers,” Max Fuller said. “This is why U.S. Xpress wants to lead the way on this issue as well as show our commitment to recruiting and retaining experienced, customer-focused and safety-conscious drivers. These professional, elite drivers are essential to U.S. Xpress and ensure our company can safely deliver freight on schedule while meeting the unique requirements of our customers.”

For more information, truck drivers can visit www.usxjobs.com or contact U.S. Xpress at (866)-576-2979.

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