Recognizing the best workplaces for North American truck drivers

Produced by CarriersEdge, in partnership with Truckload Carriers Association, Best Fleets to Drive For® is an annual survey and contest that identifies the for-hire carriers providing the best workplace experiences for their drivers.

On September 6th, 2016 the ninth edition of Best Fleets to Drive For opened for nominations. Read the full press release.

TCA and CarriersEdge Seek the Best Fleets to Drive For® in North America

All it takes is one nomination from a professional truck driver to get a company started in the 9th annual survey and contest

Alexandria, Virginia - September 6, 2016 - From within the trucking industry, there are companies that stand out from the rest. Their workplace environments are considered exceptional because they feature attractive compensation and benefits, an enviable company culture, or perhaps unique perks and incentives for their employees. To identify and recognize them, Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and CarriersEdge offer Best Fleets to Drive For®, an annual contest and survey now in its ninth year.

Nominations must come from professional truck drivers and can be made online at BestFleetsToDriveFor.com. The nomination period is open between September 6 and October 31, 2016.

Once a company accepts the nomination and agrees to participate, CarriersEdge will contact them for more details through an electronic questionnaire and telephone interview. They will speak with senior management and a random sampling of the company's drivers to learn more about the company's compensation, safety practices, benefits, equipment, training, etc. Ultimately, the survey answers reveal the innovations that have proven successful in attracting and retaining skilled personnel in the trucking industry.

According to Jane Jazrawy, chief executive officer of CarriersEdge, "This year, in addition to our usual questions, we're going to be asking fleets about how much time their drivers spend on the road, whether they provide guaranteed pay and paid waiting time, and what in-cab amenities they offer. We'll also get into the topic of diversity, asking what fleets are doing to bring a more diverse driver pool to the industry. For the first time, this will have its own scored section."

John Lyboldt, TCA's president, added: "Through our questions to the nominated fleets, we will unearth and publicize the most popular benefits and perks that are being implemented right now. These are the things that are keeping current drivers happy, while enticing potential new drivers to join our industry."

To be eligible, a for-hire fleet must have 10 or more trucks and operate in the U.S. or Canada. TCA membership is not required. The top 20 finishers will be identified as Best Fleets to Drive For® and will be announced in January 2017. From this pool, companies will then be divided into both "small" and "large" categories, and two overall winners will be recognized March 26-29, 2017, at the TCA Annual Convention in Nashville, Tenn.

In late-October, companies that have been nominated (or believe they will be nominated) and are considering participating are invited to learn more about the survey requirements through a free Webinar. More details will be released as they are finalized, but the event will outline the questions that surveyors will ask, data requirements, and methods for collecting better information more easily.

To view best practices from last year's survey as well as profiles of the overall winners, visit BestFleetsToDriveFor.com. To view the program's Facebook page, visit www.facebook.com/BestFleetsToDriveFor.

TCA is the only national trade association whose collective sole focus is the truckload segment of the motor carrier industry. The association represents dry van, refrigerated, flatbed, and intermodal container carriers operating in the 48 contiguous states, as well as Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Representing operators of more than 200,000 trucks, which collectively produce annual revenue of more than $20 billion, TCA is an organization tailored to specific truckload carrier needs.

CarriersEdge, headquartered in Markham, Ontario, is a leading provider of online driver training for the North American trucking industry. More than 300 large and small fleets are incorporating the CarriersEdge comprehensive library of safety and compliance courses endorsed by industry leaders into their driver training programs. A growing number of companies are using CarriersEdge management tools and reporting functions to train drivers without impacting operations. Founded in 2005, CarriersEdge is also the creator of the Best Fleets to Drive For® program, an annual evaluation of the best workplaces in the North American trucking industry, produced in partnership with Truckload Carriers Association.