Winner of 2016 Highway Angel of the Year Award revealed

Truck News

Mar 27, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Daniel Sieczkarski, a professional driver for Melton Truck Lines based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was named the 2016 Highway Angel of the Year.   The Highway Angel of the Year Award is given to truck drivers who display exemplary acts of kindness and courage on the road and go above and beyond their duty as a driver to help those in need.   As a whole, said Lance Platt, CEO of EpicVue, a partner of the award, the Highway Angel program aims to improve the image of the trucking industry through collecting positive stories of real-life drivers. The award was presented at the Truckload Carriers Association 79th annual convention on March 27.   Sieczkarski was nominated for the award in April 2016 when he saved a fellow professional truck driver who was stuck in rising flood water in Houston, Texas. While driving on the I-10 in Brookshire, Texas, he noticed a tractor-trailer was parked sideways in the water with the driver still behind the wheel, with water rising faster around him.   Sieczkarski parked his own truck safely and made his way to the truck with a borrowed life vest and convinced the driver to swim with him to safety. According to reports, an hour after saving the driver, the tractor-trailer was completely submerged in the flood.   Sieczkarski has been driving trucks professionally for 14 years. He is a native of Rochester, New York.   “I basically did it out of the kindness of my heart,” he said upon receiving the award. “Thank you to everyone…my family back home and Melton Truck Lines for the support.”   ### Read 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.”