U.S. Xpress, a provider of transportation services across North America, is proud to announce that it has taken a leadership position among national carriers by focusing efforts on driver safety and increasing the base mileage pay by an average of 13.5 percent for over the road (OTR) solo drivers who have remained accident and ticket free, with no CSA violations, for 12 months, effective March 1st, 2016. U.S. Xpress implemented this pay raise to ensure the company continues to recruit and retain the industry’s most elite and safe drivers. This increase further solidifies U.S. Xpress’ position as a top-paying carrier in the industry.
“At U.S. Xpress, we recognize the value of safe drivers. The safety of both our drivers and the general public is of the utmost importance, and we feel that tying driver pay to safety performance is the best way to reward and incent safe driving,” said Eric Fuller, president and chief operating officer. “By increasing the pay by an average of 13.5 percent for solo OTR drivers who demonstrate safe behavior, U.S. Xpress is taking a profound step in strengthening the company’s commitment to safety and our drivers.”
Fuller continued, “This increase not only rewards our current drivers for their efforts, but establishes us as the carrier of choice for safe, career-minded professional truck drivers in the industry. And while rewarding these safe drivers is extremely important, even more impactful is the inspiration this provides to new drivers entering the industry. This pay package can be obtained by any solo driver who consistently exhibits safe driving habits.”
Starting on March 1st, 2016, U.S. Xpress will implement the safety performance-based pay scale where all OTR solo drivers who have 12 months safe driving record and are accident, CSA violation and ticket free, will earn an additional 13.5 percent. With this pay increase, a safe driver with 5 years of experience could make over $70,000 total compensation. In addition, a driver who meets the same criteria and opts to become a training advisor for Xpress Academy could make over $110,000 total compensation.
Fuller continued, “Day in and day out, drivers in the industry are faced with tough choices that might compromise their decision to act safely, and we want this pay increase to encourage them to make the right and safe choices. U.S. Xpress wants to lead the way on this issue. These safe, elite drivers are essential to U.S. Xpress and we want to make sure they know that.”