Gemini Motor Transport, Love’s Travel Stops’ fuel-hauling fleet, recently recognized 135 company drivers for remaining accident-free and adhering to Gemini’s safety policies and procedures for five years. More than $3.4 million in bonuses were paid to the inaugural class of Gemini Safe Driver Credits recipients.
“We developed the Gemini Safe Driver Credits program to become one of the safest hazmat carriers in the nation, and I think we’ve made great strides,” said Brent Bergevin, vice president of transportation for Gemini. “Our drivers average 3,000 hours behind the wheel each year. For 135 drivers over five years, that totals more than 2 million hours of safe driving. Our drivers’ dedication keeps them and everyone else on the road safe.”
Credits are awarded to drivers on an annual basis. To earn one credit, drivers must have no accidents, tickets or fuel-related incidents over the period of one year. They must also pass all U.S. Department of Transportation and Gemini inspections. Once drivers collect five credits, they’re eligible to receive a bonus. The program has helped Gemini keep its preventable accidents per 1 million miles to less than half the national average. According to the National Private Truck Council, the industry average for private fleets was approximately 2.0 between 2007 and 2015.
An additional 104 Gemini drivers are on track to receive their five-year payout in 2017. Gemini will pay out safe driver credits at 10 years beginning in 2021.
Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, which is headquartered in Oklahoma City, has more than 380 locations in 40 states.