Earlier this year, I announced the third annual C.H. Robinson Foundation Scholarship Program for Truckload Contract Carriers. Today, I’m thrilled to share that 10 recipients for 2015 have been chosen. Each recipient received $2,500 to apply toward tuition for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year.
I have been asked by many of my industry peers, “Why is Transport America increasing pay for drivers? Aren’t you just driving up the costs of business for our industry?” The short answer is, “No, because drivers have choices when it comes to careers.” By increasing pay, my goals are to make driving more attractive than the other career options available to our drivers and to put Transport America at the top of the list of truckload carriers that drivers would like to work with.
Hours of Service Best Practices for Drivers and Shippers
A carrier arrives to pick up a load in the afternoon with only a few available hours left before he or she needs to take a 10 hour rest break. The loading facility has been running behind all day and takes much longer than anticipated to load the truck. By the time the paperwork is done and the driver is ready to go, the driver is “out of hours” and significantly into the 10 hour required rest period. The loading facility has a strict no overnight policy and asks the driver to leave. The driver refuses, reiterating that the facility is asking him to violate hours of service regulations.
Travel the Road of Networking Possibilities
At a recent Women In Trucking reception, two drivers sitting next to each other discovered that they worked for the same carrier. When they left the event, they vowed to stay in touch and maintain their newfound friendship. These two women knew that they could learn from and lean on each other; they knew the value of networking.