ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Canadian fleets once again fared well in the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA)/CarriersEdge Best Fleets to Drive For survey.
Of the 17 winners, seven hail from Canada including: Bison Transport; Brian Kurtz Trucking; Laidlaw Carriers Van; MacKinnon Transport; MSM Transportation; Shulist Trucking; and Yanke Group of Companies.
Now in its second year, the annual survey aims to recognize for-hire trucking companies that provide the best workplace experiences for their drivers. To qualify, carriers must operate 10 or more trucks and be nominated by at least one of their drivers.
CarriersEdge conducts the survey and compiles the results, measuring each nominee’s range and depth of offered programs and overall effectiveness of those programs as well as the response of surveyed drivers.
“This is the second time the survey has been conducted, and the data that has emerged from it has been very useful to the industry in terms of identifying trends and where things are headed,” said Chris Burruss, TCA’s president.
As an example, CarriersEdge president Mark Murrell pointed out that “the survey reveals that fleet sizes went down overall last year, but a number of the Best Fleets actually grew in size. Many of the Best Fleets also took advantage of low prices and interest rates to invest in new equipment.”
This year’s survey indicated that many fleets cut down their contribution to employees’ 401(k) and RSP plans. However, respondents also noted an increase in investment in ‘green’ technologies.
“More and more bonus programs seem to be tied directly to environmental initiatives like fuel efficiency and idle time,” Murrell noted.
Among the most interesting driver incentives are Bison Transport’s extensive corporate intranet, which allows drivers’ family members to log in and view their loved one’s satellite position.
The highest-scoring fleets will be recognized at the TCA convention in March. Awards will be presented in two categories: Best Fleet for Owner/Operators; and Best Fleet for Company drivers.
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