Crete Carrier Corporation is once again raising pay for drivers with Crete Carrier, Shaffer Trucking and Hunt Transportation.
Pay for drivers is set to go up on Oct. 9. All together base pay for drivers has increased by 27 percent over the last year, according to the company.
Drivers on the national random OTR fleet will see a $.05 per mile raise. The top 50 percent of national random drivers will now average $1,998.00 per week, according to the company. Pay for regional drivers will be increased by $.02-$.05 per mile, depending on the fleet. Pay on dedicated fleets varies but most have increased recently or will increase in the future.
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Previous surge pay and bonus increases have also been extended into next summer. Pay increases apply to company drivers (solo and team) and owner-operators.
Crete Carrier Corporation President and Chief Operating Officer Tim Aschoff said the pay raise is a way to say thank you to drivers.
“Our drivers continue to provide safe, reliable service to our customers, despite challenges facing our nation’s supply chain," said Aschoff. "We believe we have the best drivers in the country. They take their responsibility to deliver for America very seriously, and they’ve earned this raise.”
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Aschoff says the customers of Crete Carrier, Shaffer Trucking and Hunt Transportation have more freight and miles than the companies can currently handle but is hopeful these changes will lead to more drivers coming aboard.
“We’re always looking for safe, experienced drivers who want to work for a strong, stable company. Our long-term relationships with customers have led to improvements in the driving jobs we have available, beyond great pay and benefits.”
The allowed speed on trucks was increased starting today. Cruise control speed has been increased from 65 mph to 68 mph. Speed on the foot pedal is now 65 mph. Most drivers will have these speed changes performed over the air, but some older trucks may have to have the adjusts made in the shop.