LAS VEGAS — The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA), an organization dedicated to representing the interests of truckload carriers, and CarriersEdge, a leading provider of online driver improvement programs, have announced the overall winners of the second annual Best Fleets to Drive For survey and contest: Boyd Bros. Transportation of Clayton, Ala., was selected as Best Fleet for company drivers, and Dart Transit Co. of Eagan, Minn., was selected as Best Fleet for owner-operators.
Best Fleets to Drive For is an annual survey and contest identifying the North American for-hire trucking companies that provide the best workplace experiences for their drivers. Nominated carriers are evaluated on the range and depth of offered programs, the overall effectiveness of those programs across key metrics, and the responses of surveyed drivers. The top finishers are identified as Best Fleets to Drive For, and the highest scoring fleet in each category is named overall winner.
Both companies were officially presented with their awards at the TCA Annual Convention, Feb. 28-March 3 at the Wynn Resort here.
Boyd Bros. Transportation won in its category for demonstrating solid and consistent results across a variety of areas: the company invested in a simulator to help drivers learn and/or improve safe driving techniques, developed a mentoring program tied to the usage of the simulator, and established a benchmarking program to track and manage driver performance on the road. It utilizes structured performance reviews to ensure that new hires transition smoothly, consults with a driver advisory board to guide company policy, and offers a variety of educational and career development opportunities. It also maintains a formal wellness program and provides the services of a company chaplain, who conveniently doubles as a certified financial planner.
“The Boyd family has always listened to our drivers. We want to address their needs in every possible aspect of their lives, from instilling safe driving habits, to helping maintain their health, to ensuring their financial stability,” said Richard Bailey, president. “It's good to know from receiving this recognition that our drivers recognize our efforts and are happy driving for us.”
To ensure that owner-operators understand the importance of those fundamentals, Dart offers a “Keys to Profitability and Success” workshop that teaches new independent contractors about the business side of trucking. When it comes to the environment, Dart has patented a new trailer design that allows each truck to haul 10 percent more by weight, improving fleet fuel efficiency and reducing the overall carbon footprint.
When he was told that his company has been named Best Fleet for Owner Operators, Dart Transit Chairman Don Oren said, “That’s terrific. At Dart, everyone who comes in contact with our owner-operators—not just fleet managers, but accountants, permit people, you name it—has genuine respect for them. Actually, I’d say it’s beyond respect; it’s really more like admiration. So we’re thrilled to hear that our efforts are succeeding. We will continue to do everything possible to maintain a strong working relationship with each and every one of our contractors.”
The Best Fleet to Drive For survey and contest was open to any fleet operating 10 trucks or more. Fleets had to be nominated by at least one of their drivers (either a company driver or an owner operator). Nominated fleets were evaluated in areas such as driver compensation, pension and benefits, professional development, driver and community support, and safety record.
Other ‘best fleets’ are:
• Bison Transport, Winnipeg, Manitoba
• Boyd Bros. Transportation, Clayton, Ala.
• Brian Kurtz Trucking, Breslau, Ontario
• CalArk Trucking, Mabelvale, Ark.
• Central Hauling, Mabelvale, Ark.
• Coastline Transport, Fowler, Calif.
• Con-Way Truckload, Joplin, Mo.
• Dart Transit Company, Eagan, Minn.
• Don Hummer Trucking, Oxford, Iowa
• Kennesaw Transportation, Rydal, Ga.
• Laidlaw Carriers Van, Guelph, Ontario
• MacKinnon Transport, Guelph, Ontario
• Melton Truck Lines, Tulsa, Okla.
• MSM Transportation, Bolton, Ontario
• Schneider National, Green Bay, Wis.
• Shulist Trucking, Maple, Ontario, and
• Yanke Group of Companies, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
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