TCA accepting nominations for annual Best Fleets to Drive For contest

Brent Nussbaum, left, CEO of Nussbaum Transportation, and Robert Low, founder and president of Prime Inc., celebrate their companies having been named 2019 Best Fleets to Drive For during a reception during the 2019 Truckload Carriers Association’s annual convention in Las Vegas. (The Trucker: KLINT LOWRY )

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Truckload Carriers Association is now accepting nominations for the annual Best Fleets to Drive For in North America competition.

TCA officials are encouraging professional truck drivers and independent contractors to nominate the company for which they drive.

The annual contest and survey, now in its 12th year, evaluates and identifies those employers who provide exceptional workplace environments within the trucking industry.

Visit before October 31 to make a nomination.

By nominating a fleet, a professional truck driver is recognizing the things about the company’s culture that he or she likes, such as outstanding compensation, safety practices, benefits, equipment, training, etc., said TCA President John Lyboldt.

If the company accepts the nomination and agrees to participate, the survey then digs deeper into its policies and practices, bringing to light the things it does that are innovative and/or successful.

To be eligible, a fleet must operate 10 or more tractor-trailers in the U.S. or Canada. TCA membership is not required. Participants will answer questions about their current human resources practices, both electronically and through phone interviews with senior management and a random sampling of their drivers.

The top 20 finishers will be identified as Best Fleets to Drive For and will be announced in January 2020. From this pool, companies will then be divided into both “small” and “large” categories, and two overall winners will be selected.

“Every year we update the questionnaire to reflect changes in the industry,” said Jane Jazrawy, chief executive officer at CarriersEdge, which sponsors the contest. “This year, we’re going to be digging deeper into the ways fleets manage their operations and scheduling, and how that factors into performance management and work/life balance.”

“I continue to be amazed by the Best Fleets to Drive For winners,” Lyboldt said. “By setting such high standards for their own businesses, these carriers influence the entire industry to provide a better working environment for all employees. I look forward to seeing the innovative practices highlighted through this year’s competition.”

The two overall winners will be recognized March 1-3, 2020, at the TCA Annual Convention in Kissimmee, Florida.

In late October, companies that have been nominated (or believe they will be nominated) and are considering participating are invited to learn more about the program requirements through a free, interactive webinar.

More details will be released as they are finalized, but the event will outline the questions that surveyors will ask, data requirements, and methods for collecting better information more easily.

To view best practices from last year’s program as well as profiles of the overall winners, visit Follow along with the contest on social media by searching the hashtag #BestFleets20.

To view the program’s Facebook page, visit

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