Recognizing the best workplaces for North American truck drivers

Produced by CarriersEdge, in partnership with Truckload Carriers Association, Best Fleets to Drive For® is an annual survey and contest that identifies the for-hire carriers providing the best workplace experiences for their drivers.

On October 12th, 2016 CarriersEdge revealed early Best Fleets to Drive For results. Read the full press release.

CarriersEdge Reveals Early Best Fleets to Drive For® Results

Annual Best Fleets To Drive For survey produced by CarriersEdge for TCA shows how carriers can provide the best workplace experience for drivers

Markham, ON - October 12th, 2016 - As a record breaking number of nominations are rolling in for the ninth annual Best Fleets to Drive For survey produced by CarriersEdge in partnership with the Truckload Carriers Association, CarriersEdge is revealing initial survey results that show drivers value high quality equipment, a responsive, thorough maintenance department, and schedules and routes that assure off-duty time at home.

"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, providers of online safety and compliance training tools for the North American transportation industry. "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."

Launched in 2008 by CarriersEdge as a service to the industry, the Best Fleets to Drive For award is fast becoming a coveted honor and the survey results are providing a wealth of information into driver likes and dislikes. The 2017 nomination period runs until October 31, 2016.

In addition to valuing high quality equipment, responsive and thorough maintenance, and schedules and routes that assure off-duty time at home, initial survey results indicate that drivers want 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 noted. 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.

2017 survey questions will ask companies how much time drivers spend on the road, whether they provide guaranteed pay and paid waiting time, and what in-cab amenities they offer. In addition, for the first time the topic of diversity will have its own scoring section. Fleets will be asked what they are doing to bring a more diverse driver pool into the industry.

Now in its ninth year, the Best Fleets to Drive For program accepts nominations of carriers by one of their drivers. Management at a nominated carrier then completes a questionnaire about all departments in a company, and participates in an interview. The next step in the evaluation process is to survey a portion of each nominated company’s drivers. In late January, CarriersEdge and TCA announce the Top 20 Best Fleets to Drive For and then reveal two overall winners from among the Top 20 at the TCA Convention in March.

CLICK HERE for a nomination form for the 2017 Best Fleets To Drive For survey.

TCA is the only national trade association whose collective sole focus is the truckload segment of the motor carrier industry. The association represents dry van, refrigerated, flatbed, and intermodal container carriers operating in the 48 contiguous states, as well as Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Representing operators of more than 200,000 trucks, which collectively produce annual revenue of more than $20 billion, TCA is an organization tailored to specific truckload carrier needs.

CarriersEdge, headquartered in Markham, Ontario, is a leading provider of online driver training for the North American trucking industry. More than 400 large and small fleets are incorporating the comprehensive CarriersEdge library of safety and compliance courses into their driver training programs. Endorsed by a growing number of industry leaders, CarriersEdge management tools and reporting functions are used to train drivers without impacting operations. Founded in 2005, CarriersEdge is also the creator of the Best Fleets to Drive For program, an annual evaluation of the best workplaces in the North American trucking industry, produced in partnership with Truckload Carriers Association. For more information, visit www.carriersedge.com.

On September 6th, 2016 the ninth edition of Best Fleets to Drive For opened for nominations. Read the full press release.

TCA and CarriersEdge Seek the Best Fleets to Drive For® in North America

All it takes is one nomination from a professional truck driver to get a company started in the 9th annual survey and contest

Alexandria, Virginia - September 6, 2016 - From within the trucking industry, there are companies that stand out from the rest. Their workplace environments are considered exceptional because they feature attractive compensation and benefits, an enviable company culture, or perhaps unique perks and incentives for their employees. To identify and recognize them, Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and CarriersEdge offer Best Fleets to Drive For®, an annual contest and survey now in its ninth year.

Nominations must come from professional truck drivers and can be made online at BestFleetsToDriveFor.com. The nomination period is open between September 6 and October 31, 2016.

Once a company accepts the nomination and agrees to participate, CarriersEdge will contact them for more details through an electronic questionnaire and telephone interview. They will speak with senior management and a random sampling of the company's drivers to learn more about the company's compensation, safety practices, benefits, equipment, training, etc. Ultimately, the survey answers reveal the innovations that have proven successful in attracting and retaining skilled personnel in the trucking industry.

According to Jane Jazrawy, chief executive officer of CarriersEdge, "This year, in addition to our usual questions, we're going to be asking fleets about how much time their drivers spend on the road, whether they provide guaranteed pay and paid waiting time, and what in-cab amenities they offer. We'll also get into the topic of diversity, asking what fleets are doing to bring a more diverse driver pool to the industry. For the first time, this will have its own scored section."

John Lyboldt, TCA's president, added: "Through our questions to the nominated fleets, we will unearth and publicize the most popular benefits and perks that are being implemented right now. These are the things that are keeping current drivers happy, while enticing potential new drivers to join our industry."

To be eligible, a for-hire fleet must have 10 or more trucks and operate in the U.S. or Canada. TCA membership is not required. The top 20 finishers will be identified as Best Fleets to Drive For® and will be announced in January 2017. From this pool, companies will then be divided into both "small" and "large" categories, and two overall winners will be recognized March 26-29, 2017, at the TCA Annual Convention in Nashville, Tenn.

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 survey requirements through a free 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 survey as well as profiles of the overall winners, visit BestFleetsToDriveFor.com. To view the program's Facebook page, visit www.facebook.com/BestFleetsToDriveFor.

TCA is the only national trade association whose collective sole focus is the truckload segment of the motor carrier industry. The association represents dry van, refrigerated, flatbed, and intermodal container carriers operating in the 48 contiguous states, as well as Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Representing operators of more than 200,000 trucks, which collectively produce annual revenue of more than $20 billion, TCA is an organization tailored to specific truckload carrier needs.

CarriersEdge, headquartered in Markham, Ontario, is a leading provider of online driver training for the North American trucking industry. More than 300 large and small fleets are incorporating the CarriersEdge comprehensive library of safety and compliance courses endorsed by industry leaders into their driver training programs. A growing number of companies are using CarriersEdge management tools and reporting functions to train drivers without impacting operations. Founded in 2005, CarriersEdge is also the creator of the Best Fleets to Drive For® program, an annual evaluation of the best workplaces in the North American trucking industry, produced in partnership with Truckload Carriers Association.