One of the country’s leading trucking companies is raising pay by double digits for exceptionally safe solo over its the road drivers.
U.S. Xpress recently announced it is increasing the base mileage pay by an average of 13.5 percent for over the road solo drivers who have remained accident and ticket free, with no CSA violations, for 12 months, effective March 1.
In a statement issued last week, the truckload carrier Chattanooga, Tenn. said it implemented the raise to ensure the company continues to recruit and retain safe drivers.
Eric Fuller, president & chief operating Officer of U.S. Xpress, which is ranked 13th on “Commercial Carrier Journal’s” Top 250 listing, said:
“At U.S. Xpress, we recognize the value of safe drivers. The safety of both our drivers and the general public is of the utmost importance, and we feel that tying driver pay to safety performance is the best way to reward and incent safe driving.
“By increasing the pay by an average of 13.5 percent for solo OTR drivers who demonstrate safe behavior, U.S. Xpress is taking a profound step in strengthening the company’s commitment to safety and our drivers.”
“This increase not only rewards our current drivers for their efforts, but establishes us as the carrier of choice for safe, career-minded professional truck drivers in the industry. And, while rewarding these safe drivers is extremely important, even more impactful is the inspiration this provides to new drivers entering the industry. This pay package can be obtained by any solo driver who consistently exhibits safe driving habits.”
Starting on March 1, U.S. Xpress OTR solo drivers who have a 12-month safe driving record and are accident, CSA violation and ticket free, will earn the raise. According to the company, with this such a driver with five years experience could make over $70,000 a year. A driver who meets the same criteria and becomes a training advisor for Xpress Academy could make over $110,000, according to the company.