News from the Fleets
LOUISIANA COMPANY DRIVERS TO TRAIN ON ADVANCED SIMULATOR
The Louisiana Department of Labor awarded a two-year, $1.5 million grant to Louisiana Technical College’s Acadian Campus in Crowley and four Louisiana-based trucking companies to fund a program that uses advanced simulation technology to train drivers.
Total Transportation, Dupre Transport, John N. John Truck Line and Milk Products LP make up the consortium. The grant covers the purchase of a new tractor and a customized trailer equipped with four driver training simulators from MPRI Ship Analytics, as well as operating expenses. The manufacturer says the training can reduce accidents by 38 percent and increase fuel economy by 5 percent.
BARNETT NAMED SAFE FLEET
Barnett Transportation, a hazmat carrier based in Tuscaloosa, was recognized by the Alabama Trucking Association as one of the state’s safest fleets, based on intrastate travel.
JOHN CHRISTNER RAISES PAY
John Christner Trucking is raising pay for leased and independent contractors by 3 cents per mile. This is in addition to new 2-cent safety bonus.
MARTEN ADDS LOGISTICS DIVISION
Marten Transport is adding a logistics division, Marten Logistics, to control load flow beyond the current capacity of the company’s fleet operation.