Fleet insider

| October 01, 2006

Pay Packages
McGriff Transportation: McGriff Transportation Inc. of Cullman, Ala., has announced a new pay package for all independent contractors. Effective immediately, the plan eliminates all administrative fees while raising the base pay per mile.

Additional new benefits include:

  • Tag rental charge will be waived for owner-operators who have been completely accident free for a minimum of 12 months.

  • Quarterly IFTA taxes will be waived for any owner-operator who operates a satellite unit and utilizes recommended fuel tactics while achieving a minimum 80 percent compliance rating each quarter.
  • One free truck wash per month for all McGriff owner-operators.

Barr-Nunn: Barr-Nunn Transportation has increased Band Pay levels for owner-operators.
The Band Pay exceeds the owner-operator base rate on all loads picked up and delivered up to 1,000 miles in length.

This increase, along with the company’s Practical Mile Pay and $1.19 per gallon Guaranteed Fuel Protection Program, are some of Barr-Nunn’s most recent efforts to increase wages for owner-operators.

Missouri Driver of the Month
The Missouri Motor Carrier’s Association has named Robert Conger of Enosburg, Vt., as the state’s Driver of the Month for June 2006.

Conger was selected for the award by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the State Highway Patrol, the Missouri Department of Transportation and the Division of Highway Safety from nominations submitted by a number of companies.

Conger, who is married and has three children, is contracted to the Missouri-based carrier, Prime Inc. He has been with Prime for eight years, and has 21 years of driving with other companies.

In nearly 4 million miles on the road, Conger has never been involved in an accident. He has received Prime’s annual safe driving award every year since he joined the company in 1997. Prime also named him Contractor of the Year in 2000.

Celadon Health Care Program
Celadon Trucking Services, an Indianapolis-based transportation firm, is trying to cut health care costs with a new employee initiative called “Highway 2 Health.”

In partnership with Community Health Network’s Occupational Health program and Health Promotions divisions, Celadon has placed a health care team within its Wellness Center, located at the company’s corporate headquarters. The team is comprised of a nurse practitioner, registered nurse, medical assistant and a health promotions specialist.

The “Highway 2 Health” initiative includes mandatory physical exams and substance abuse testing required by the Department of Transportation for over-the-road drivers. All Celadon employees in the United States can get health screenings that will measure blood pressure, body mass, glucose and lipid profiles.

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