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Swift Recognizes 207 Elite Diamond Truck Drivers in Ceremonies

October 25, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, Image, News, Safety
Mike Voyles, left, a Quadruple Diamond Driver, with Andrew Mier, Swift’s director of fleet operations. Mike Voyles, left, a Quadruple Diamond Driver, with Andrew Mier, Swift’s director of fleet operations.

Swift Transportation Co., a leader in transportation solutions and North America’s largest full-load trucking carrier has recognized its 2016 Diamond Drivers — the highest honor bestowed to truck drivers based on their fulfillment of stringent safety and service metrics.

Part of Swift’s Five-Star Driver Ranking Bonus Program, 207 truck drivers were recognized during a special Diamond Driver Day event last Friday at Swift’s corporate headquarters in Phoenix. The program, which features Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond rankings, honors drivers based on their miles driven, commitment to safety, on-time deliverables, their low rate of customer service failures and total days of employment.

“We’re committed to delivering a better life for the drivers who tirelessly go the distance for our customers, whether that be increased safety and comfort measures in trucks, enhanced technology to support drivers on the road or ongoing education,” said Kenneth Runnels, executive vice president of fleet operations for Swift Transportation.

“As a way to give back to these upstanding drivers, Swift’s driver ranking program not only gives recognition to our extraordinary front-line, but also provides them an opportunity to increase their earning and leadership potential. We’re proud to honor our Diamond Drivers who inspire so many drivers in our industry.”

After 90 consecutive days of employment at Swift, truck drivers can enter the ranking program at Bronze — then graduate to Silver, Gold and Platinum — before achieving Diamond Driver status. From there, a driver can double, triple and quadruple his or her Diamond Driver status based on overall miles, safety record and on-time percentages.

In addition to this ranking bonus program, Swift drivers are also recognized for every million miles driven, including about 1,300 Swift drivers who have received this designation. These drivers have provided at least one million miles of safe, accident-free service.