Fleet insider

| December 01, 2007

XL Insurance Awards Top Driver
XL Insurance recently honored Edwin Hibbard of Linden Bulk Transportation Co. Inc. as its Driver of the Year.

Hibbard has driven more than 3 million miles with one non-preventable accident to his record, and has worked with the Linden family of motor carriers for more than 20 years of his 30-year commercial driving career.

At a luncheon in Hibbard’s honor, XL Insurance awarded him with a commemorative pin, a U.S. savings bond and a certificate citing his career accomplishments.

Sitton Announces ‘Pick Your Pay’
Sitton Motor Lines recently announced its new “Pick Your Pay” plan for owner-operators.

The Plan A option: Pay Per Mile + Benefits features a base rate of 79.5 cents per mile plus a weekly adjusted fuel surcharge. This option includes a variety of free benefits, such as license and permits, liability and cargo insurance, worker’s compensation insurance, payroll tax withholding, paid vacation, paid tolls, paid holidays, Prepass, TripPak, a 401(k) plan, layover pay, stop pay, drop pay, life insurance and more.

Health, dental and vision insurance are available to owner-operators at group rates. The total package is valued at $1.07 per mile plus a weekly adjusted fuel surcharge when all of the benefits are factored in.

Plan B option: Pay Per Mile features a higher base rate per mile but does not have some of the perks of Pay Per Mile + Benefits. However, many benefits are included at no charge to Sitton owner-operators, such as license and permits, tolls, Prepass, TripPak, layover pay, stop pay, detention pay, fuel taxes, liability and cargo insurance, orientation expenses, orientation pay, physical and drug screening.

Sitton says many owner-operators who have their own authority prefer this pay package because it simplifies the transition, everything is processed into one check, and they are already accustomed to the expenses.

CalArk Driver Wins Truck
CalArk International driver Jewel Porter of Copperas Cove, Texas, won the company’s bi-yearly referral contest. Porter surpassed all other drivers in recruiting and for her efforts was awarded her own truck.

CalArk and sister company Central Hauling Co., both truckload carriers, come together to offer this referral contest to drivers twice a year; the driver with the highest number of hired referrals at the end of each six-month period is presented with a truck.

This is the 12th truck the sister companies have awarded to drivers. Porter, who is the first female to win the contest, has been at CalArk for more than a year now, and her husband also drives for the company.

Decker Drivers
Decker Truck Line has named its September Drivers of the Month: Dean Zeisneiss was selected from the flatbed division, and Jerry Sonsalla received the award for the reefer/van division.

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