U.S. Xpress, a leading provider of transportation services across North America, said it is focusing efforts on driver safety and increasing the base mileage pay by an average of 13.5 percent for over-the-road solo drivers who have remained accident and ticket free, with no CSA violations, for 12 months.
Effective March 1, U.S. Xpress will implement this pay raise to ensure the company continues to recruit and retain the industry’s most elite and safe drivers.
“At U.S. Xpress, we recognize the value of safe drivers,” said Eric Fuller, president and chief operating officer of U.S. Xpress. “The safety of both our drivers and the general public is of the utmost importance, and we feel that tying driver pay to safety performance is the best way to reward and incent safe driving.
“By increasing the pay by an average of 13.5 percent for solo OTR drivers who demonstrate safe behavior, U.S. Xpress is taking a profound step in strengthening the company’s commitment to safety and our drivers.”
With this pay increase, a safe driver with five years of experience could make more than $70,000 total compensation. In addition, a driver who meets the same criteria and opts to become a training advisor for Xpress Academy could make more than $110,000 total compensation.
Fuller continued, “Day in and day out, drivers in the industry are faced with tough choices that might compromise their decision to act safely, and we want this pay increase to encourage them to make the right and safe choices. U.S. Xpress wants to lead the way on this issue. These safe, elite drivers are essential to U.S. Xpress and we want to make sure they know that.”