With demand for teams expected to increase in 2018, Tennessee-based Covenant Transport Wednesday announced a major new bonus payment program in an effort to attract duos.
The new program – which goes into effect Feb. 1 – pays a $2,000 bonus every time a team passes 60,000 paid miles together. Each team driver receives $1,000, up to a total of $20,000, for a total of $40,000.
In a statement Covenant said the bonus program comes as the company aims to grow its team truck count from its 2017 approximate average of 980.
“We have team freight,” said David Parker, founder and CEO of Covenant Transport Services. “That’s important to note, because a lot of carriers bring on team drivers and put them on solo lanes.” Parker, who founded Covenant Transport 32 years ago as a team carrier with wife Jacqueline, added “One of the most frustrating things for a team is being underutilized. Teams want long lengths of haul, and that’s what we are focused on giving them.”
Joey Hogan, president of Covenant Transport Services, said that throughout 2017, Covenant felt growing competition for team drivers, “So we knew we had to start off the year by putting our stamp on what we specialize in, and that’s teaming. We’re excited to offer these bonuses to our current team drivers, and look forward to welcoming many new team drivers in 2018.”
New drivers are not required to bring a team partner to Covenant. The company’s team matching program will match single drivers in search of driving partners, and following orientation, newly-formed teams are immediately eligible to begin earning under the $40,000 bonus program.