MARKHAM, Ont. — Early results are in for CarriersEdge’s Best Fleets to Drive For survey which received a record-breaking number of nominations this year.
The survey is in partnership with Truckload Carriers Association and is currently in its ninth year. The early results show drivers value high quality equipment, a responsive, thorough maintenance department, and schedules and routes that assure off-duty time at home. The Best Fleets to Drive For also awards best carriers in the industry. The 2017 nomination period runs until October 31, 2016.
“We are just more than half way through the nomination period for 2017 and have already received as many nominations as we normally see during the entire program,” said Jane Jazrawy, CEO of CarriersEdge. “We believe this rate of response indicates an increasing number of fleets are working hard to make sure their drivers are happy. The drivers turning in the nominations are very eager to tell us why they prefer working for their company.”
Other initial survey results indicate drivers wanted a “family atmosphere” where they have a say in the development of policies and operational practices. Honest, open management, including many comments about “taking the time to listen” to drivers were also noted as very important to a number of drivers.
Of the 5,300 driver surveys received in 2016 for the eighth annual event, only 28% of respondents said pay was something that needed to be improved, Jazrawy said. That reference, however was not just about wages; it also included other pay issues, such as better pay for non-driving work, like waiting at the border, or working on holidays.
You can CLICK HERE for a nomination form for the 2017 Best Fleets To Drive For survey.