U.S. Xpress (No. 16 on the CCJ Top 250) announced this week it will offer $50,000 bonuses — paid in $2,000 increments and in vacation time over a four-year period — to current and future team drivers.
For every 60,000 miles a team runs, they will receive $2,000 — $1,000 to each driver — along with $500 in paid vacation per driver, according to Danna Bailey, U.S. Xpress vice president of corporate communications. Bailey says teams can earn up to $8,000 each year in bonuses and $4,000 in vacation time by running 60,000 miles four times over the course of a year. If the drivers choose not to take vacation time, they will be paid $500 per driver for each week of unused vacation at the end of each year.
After the team has earned a total of $48,000 in bonuses, which would take four years of driving at least 240,000 miles per year, each driver will receive a final payout of $1,000.
Additionally, drivers in this program will have first priority on new trucks, will have top priority at service centers to minimize downtime, and can earn up to 82 cents-per-mile.
Affected tractors are equipped with an automated Eaton UltraShift Plus or Eaton Advantage Transmission with right hand stalk shifter. In the affected trucks, the display on the instrument panel can indicate “N” when the shifter is set into “D” or “R,” causing the truck not to move.