TEXARKANA, Ark. — More money, no tricks.
That’s the message Southern Refrigerated Transport (SRT) officials want to send drivers with the announcement of a pay increase which will result, depending on years of experience, in an up to 6-cent-per-mile increase for mileage-based drivers.
The pay increase comes on the heels of a 1 cent-per-mile driver pay hike which rolled out October 2017, according to Chief Operating Officer Billy Cartright, who said the recent pay increases reflect the company’s dedication to its people right and ensuring SRT is a great place to work for both current and future drivers.
“Our drivers didn’t want another bonus, which you see so often throughout the industry,” he said. “They wanted a pay increase they can see every week on their paycheck.”
Cartright added that utilization at the company is up, which means drivers can expect to make more money and move more miles in 2018.
Terri Lafayette, director of recruiting at SRT, said combined with existing bonuses — which pay up to 12 cents-per-mile — and recently-announced winter holiday pay, this driver pay raise also helps set SRT apart from the pack when it comes to bringing new drivers on board.
“There are a lot of companies competing for drivers today,” she said, “but not all of them are willing to invest in their people once they have them.”
“Our drivers are the backbone of everything we do,” she said.
The pay increase is the greatest of its kind at SRT in more than 30 years in business, officials said.
The new pay raise is adjusted for factors including experience and tenure with the company, and officially goes into effect for all mileage-based SRT drivers on March 11.
SRT is part of the Covenant Transportation group that includes operations from Covenant Transport Inc. and Covenant Transport Solutions Inc., of Chattanooga, Tennessee, SRT, and Star Transportation Inc., of Nashville, Tennessee, and Transport Enterprise Leasing, LLC, also of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
To learn more about Southern Refrigerated Transport, or to apply for a driving job, visit www.southernref.com.