FARMINGTON, N.Y. — Leonard’s Express has won the 47th Annual Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) Fleet Safety Award for fleets that travel between 50 and 100 million miles.
The between 50- and 100-miles category is the second largest category in the competition based on mileage.
TCA hosts its Fleet Safety Award competition designed to recognize 18 fleets for their commitment to safety.
The annual competition is broken down into six mileage-based divisions with a first, second and third prizes awarded in each division. The winners are selected based on the carrier’s accident-to-mileage ratio, a metric used to show how many on-road accidents a fleet has in a calendar year.
“These annual awards identify truckload carriers that have demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to safety through presenting the lowest accident frequency ratios per million miles in each division,” explained TCA in a December 2022 statement.
“Across the company, we work tirelessly to build a ‘safety first’ culture,” said Ken Johnson, CEO of Leonard’s Express. “Through training and the use of technology, we emphasize that safety is always our number one priority. Driving safely is not a task that can be given as a directive. Everyone has to believe it’s the right thing to do, even if it’s not the easy thing to do.”
TCA analyzed each fleet’s safety data, including an audit and verification of mileage-to-accident ratios. An independent auditor validated the information. The process requires each applicant to record and track their fleet’s safety over the course of a year.
“Our Risk Control team conducts multiple, quarterly safety meetings at each of our in addition to sending out weekly safety messages, which include the previous week’s hours of service violations and incidents,” said Katie Griffin, director of fleet safety for Leonard’s Express. “Leonard’s is a family, and we truly care about each other and want what is best for everyone. Our goal is to make sure everyone — our drivers and the motorists who we share the roads with — make it home safely.”
The TCA recognition is the second major fleet safety award Leonard’s won in 2022. In April, the company earned the Trucking Association of New York’s (TANY) Fleet Safety Award Grand Trophy for demonstrating commitment to safe operation in New York.
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