TCA Names Best Fleets to Drive For
The Truckload Carriers Association, known as TCA, and Carrier’s Edge, an online training provider, has recently announced the results of its survey to name the Best Fleets to Drive For. This contest is for all of the North American trucking companies that result in a list of the top twenty trucking companies. Anyone looking for truck driving jobs will find this to be very valuable information and it can put them at an advantage.
The 20 Best Fleets
- Best Cartage – Kernersville, N.C.
- Bison Transport – Winnipeg, Manitoba
- Boyd Bros. Transportation, Inc. – Clayton, Ala.
- Celadon Canada – Kitchener, Ontario
- D.J. Knoll Transportation – White City, Saskatchewan
- Don Hummer Trucking – Oxford, Iowa
- Erb Group – New Hamburg, Ontario
- Fremont Contract Carriers – Fremont, Neb.
- Gordon Trucking, Inc. – Pacific, Wash.
- Grand Island Express – Grand Island, Neb.
- Kriska Holdings – Prescott, Ontario
- Landstar System – Jacksonville, Fla.
- Motor Carrier Services – Northwood, Ohio
- Paramount Freight Systems – Ft. Myers, Fla.
- Sammons Trucking – Missoula, Montana
- Steelman Transportation, Inc. – Springfield, Mo.
- Tennant Truck Lines – Orion, Ill.
- Trimac Transportation – Houston, Texas
- WTI Transport, Inc. – Tuscaloosa, Ala.
- Yanke Group – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
According to TCA, companies who make the list are those that continuously provide educational opportunities for their truck drivers. In fact, many of those that made the list actually reimburse their drivers for any training they take in management, accounting, or other classes that will help them to be more efficient in their truck driving jobs. There are also many that are helping their drivers to get further in the industry by assisting them in acquiring professional accreditations.
The criteria for fleets to make the list of top trucking companies include many factors. Along with compensation, the survey considers health benefits, pension plans, and employee improvement practices. The turnover rate is examined, as well as the safety record of their employees.
The result of this survey also reveals that the incomes of the majority of truckers have not changed from the prior year. While the owner operator’s income may have increased by a small percentage, it is not enough to be significant. Regardless of the unchanging incomes in trucking, drivers employed by the top companies are still reporting a high level of job satisfaction.
According to Mark Murrell, the president of Carriers Edge, "For 2012, we saw a heightened level of interest from the nominated fleets. It seems that everybody wants to be named a Best Fleet to Drive For. Some folks even called us before we began interviewing just to double-check that we had their current contact information. It was the virtual equivalent of camping out overnight for concert tickets!"
The next important matter for those in the trucking industry is the announcement of the fleets who scored the highest in Best Overall Fleet for Company Drivers and Best Overall Fleet for Owner Operators. Winners are to be announced at the TCA Annual Convention being held at Gaylord Palms, Kissimmee, FL, March 4-7, 2012.