Bison receives Best Large Fleet to Drive For award

Truck News

Mar 28, 2017

NASHVILLE, TN – Winnipeg-based Bison Transport has won the 2017 Overall Best Fleet to Drive For Award in the large carrier category as part of the 2017 Best Fleets to Drive for program.   Bison has won the award three times and received it for the second consecutive year at the Truckload Carriers Association’s (TCA) annual convention in Nashville, Tennessee.   This is the program's ninth year running and is produced by CarriersEdge in partnership the TCA.   Accepting the award on behalf of Bison was Garth Pitzel, director of safety and driver development at Bison.   After accepting the award on behalf of the employees and contractors and thanking the TCA, EpicVue, and Bose for their continued sponsorship, he went to explain what earned Bison this award for the third time.   “When you look at Bison’s programs, it’s really based on one thing, whether its our driver program, our maintenance program or our safety program, and that is the absolute caring for the wellbeing of our professional drivers. What makes this award special is that it starts with a nomination from a driver and it is validated through the selection process by our drivers.”   In addition, Pitzel gave a special thanks to CarriersEdge for their continued dedication to the program.   Jane Jazrawy, Chief Executive Officer of CarriersEdge, said Bison was recognized for its wide range of exceptional driver programs, high levels of satisfaction and annual turnover under 20%.   Nebraska-based Grand Island Express was named as the overall Best Fleet to Drive For in the small carrier category. This is the third time Grand Island Express has received the award.   “This year’s best fleets raised the bar more dramatically than ever seen before,” said Jazrawy. “With an average turnover rate with under 40%, they’re clearly seeing results from those efforts.”   Today’s ceremony was a follow-up to an event in January during which CarriersEdge named the Top 20.   For a full list of this year’s Best Fleet to Drive For winners and information on how to qualify, visit   ### See original article here.
Nussbaum Transportation and Prime Inc., were named the Best Overall Fleet in their respective categories in the Truckload Carriers Associations’ 2019 Best Fleets to Drive For Contest.   Hudson, Illinois-based Nussbaum took top honors in the small carrier category and Springfield, Missouri-based Prime received the honor for the large carrier category. Prime and Nussbaum have both been named to the Best Fleets Top 20 multiple times, but are winning the overall award for the first time.   Nussbaum operates a fleet of 400 tractors, combining both high- and low-tech solutions to create a balance across its programs. The company scored high in several categories including having an industry leading scorecard and mobile app, a simple, effective driver outreach schedule and a formal career path and certification program.   Prime’s fleet includes 7,200 tractors, but was noted for maintaining a personal touch despite it’s size. The company hosts a variety of committees, social groups and educational offerings, providing contractors with a range of options for personal and professional development. New for this year, the company implemented a new program in partnership with Missouri Good Dads, to help drivers build and strengthen family connections while away on the road.   Both companies were also noted for their safety and retention numbers as well as satisfaction scores well above 90%.   “For several years, these fleets have been catching our eye with their range of creative programs,” said Jane Jazrawy, CarriersEdge chief executive officer. “Each year they continue to expand on those offerings, so it’s easy to see why their drivers speak so highly of them, and why they’re achieving such stellar results.”   Best Fleets to Drive For is an annual survey, now in its 11th year, that recognizes North American for-hire trucking companies that provide the best workplace experience for their drivers. To participate, fleets must be nominated by a company driver or independent contractor working with them, after which they are evaluated across a broad range of categories reflecting current best practices in human resources.   From the nominated fleets, the top 20 finishers are identified as the Best Fleets to Drive For and are then categorized according to size. The highest scoring fleet in each category is named the overall winner.   The Best Fleets to Drive For survey and contest is open to any fleet operating 10 or more trucks, regardless of TCA membership status. Nominated fleets are evaluated in areas such as: Driver compensation, pension and benefits, professional development, driver and community support, and safety record. The award is offered in partnership with CarriersEdge and is co-sponsored by DMC Insurance and EpicVue.   “Year after year, the overall winners are truly changing the game,” said John Lyboldt, TCA president. “It’s imperative that fleets establish driver-centric offerings which attract and retain a skilled workforce, while establishing programs that improve the work-life balance for their employees. Prime Inc. and Nussbaum Transportation have done just that. Congratulations to both winners on this well-deserved honor.”