TCA looking for the best fleets for drivers

The Truckload Carriers Assn. (TCA) is accepting nominations for its 2012 Best Fleets to Drive For contest and survey

The Truckload Carriers Assn. (TCA) is accepting nominations for its 2012 Best Fleets to Drive For contest and survey.

The annual contest, now in its fourth year, is an evaluation of which employers are best to work for in the trucking industry from the driver’s perspective. CarriersEdge, a provider of online driver quality improvement solutions, conducts the survey for TCA.

The contest is open to all for-hire trucking companies with 10 or more trucks regardless of TCA membership status. Nominations must be submitted by company drivers or owner-operators. An online application form is available at www.BestFleetsToDriveFor.com.

Fleets will be evaluated against a broad range of criteria reflecting current human resources best practices, and the resulting survey data becomes a source of industry success stories in the areas of benefits, professional development, driver and community support, safety record, and company culture, TCA said.

New topic areas have been added this year, including asking nominated fleets what percentage of their drivers have remained with the company for various periods of time to see how companies may have similar turnover numbers, but varying retention rates.

Harassment has also been added this year. Although most companies have policies in place that cover the office environment, the survey will now ask how companies ensure that their people are not subjected to (or become perpetrators of) harassment at customer sites, truck stops, on the CB, etc. In addition, the survey will ask for the numeric targets that fleets seek for continuous improvement of things like their collision rates and retention scores.

“When it comes to the new questions we’ll have on this year’s survey, the answers will help us not only to score fleets against general management best practices, but to provide a better picture of what’s really going on in the industry,” said Mark Murrell, president of CarriersEdge. “That’s what everybody wants to know.”

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