Fleet insider

| May 01, 2006

Driver Award
Earl R. Martin Inc. recently honored driver Kenneth E. Koser for driving 4 million accident-free miles during his 33-year career.

The Ephrata, Pa., resident logged his miles with the dump division of the company, transporting primarily agriculture-related feed ingredients throughout eastern United States and Canada.

Koser previously has been honored at state and national levels for his safe-driving record. In 2003, he was selected as National Driver of the Year by the National Association of Small Trucking Companies and in 2004, he was chosen as Driver of the Month by the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association.

Earl R. Martin also honored the following employees for reaching Years of Service milestones: Edward Shoop, Paul Yingling, Kurt Zimmerman, Vernon Miller, Rita Good, Wanda Sauder, Dana Fox, Brenda Miller and David Ruppert. Safety Awards were presented to Edwin Weaver, Paul Statts and James Cornell.

Pay Raises
KLLM: KLLM Transport Services initiated a pay increase of 2 cents per mile for its over-the-road drivers in March.

The increase included drivers with a minimum of one year experience. The new mileage rate will allow KLLM single drivers to earn up to 42 cents per mile and teams up to 50 cents per mile. KLLM also raised the pay for students in training to $400 per week.

Triple Crown Services: Triple Crown Services has increased the pay rate for its systems fleet division.

This hike raised pay to $1.15 per mile. The systems fleet division already offers contractors scheduled home time with flexibility and a generous fuel surcharge, according to the company.

Per Diem Increase
On March 7 Millis Transfer increased the company’s per diem rate from 8 cents per mile to 10. Drivers can earn two additional weeks of vacation during their first year with the company, enjoy holiday pay, larger safety bonuses and increases in vacation pay.

January Driver
Michael Burton is Wil-Trans’ January 2006 Driver of the Month.

Burton began working for the company in 2004 as a graduate student. In November 2005 he made the move to lease-operator.

PTL Drivers
Paschall Truck Lines’ December 2005 Owner-Operator of the Month is William Harmon.

The December 2005 PTL Company Driver of the Month is William O’Connor.

Harmon is a first-time Owner-Operator of the Month.

O’Connor has 12 years of driving experience with eight completed at PTL. He has 900,000 safe driving miles and was the September 2003 Driver of the Month.

Safety Winner
Boyd Bros. was named the Alabama Trucking Association’s Safety Contest winner in the area of General Commodities Line Haul Division. Boyd also won in 2003.
The award is sponsored by the ATA worker’s compensation fund. The award winner is based on the amount of miles traveled in the state of Alabama.

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