CORAL GABLES, Fla. — The accelerating pace and amount of truckload driver pay increases during 2014 will show no letup this year, and probably beyond, industry executives and experts predict.
“We believe we need to get to the $55,000 to $60,000 [annual pay] range,” said Richard Stocking, president of Swift Transportation, which ranks No. 6 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest U.S. and Canadian for-hire carriers. “We will raise pay this year and next and maybe after that.”
Scott Darling, acting administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, is scheduled to appear March 4 before a Senate subcommittee that has jurisdiction over trucking regulations.
Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), will lead the hearing of the Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security Subcommittee, which is part of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee.
Everybody talks about the importance of properly operating brakes, but, unfortunately, the talk doesn’t always translate into action. Last fall’s Brake Safety Week inspections conducted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance resulted in 2,162, or 16.2%, of the 13,305 commercial vehicles examined in the U.S., being placed out of service.
Missouri-based American Central Transport company drivers now receive $100-per-day holiday pay while they are at home for Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. If a company driver is driving on any of those days, he or she will receive holiday pay in addition to the mileage pay they earn.