Archive for June, 2018

Invaluable Contributor named Driver of the Month

Friday, June 29th, 2018

Driver of the Month for May of 2018 at National Carriers, Inc. is company driver Tommy McMahon. He lives in Jasper, Texas, and operates a company truck throughout the lower 48 states. McMahon began working at National Carriers in January of 2010.

For his accomplishment, he received a bonus of $1000 and is now a finalist for NCI Driver of the Year, which includes a bonus of $10,000.

“In December of 2009, the company I had worked for eight years closed their doors, leaving drivers stranded all over the country. NCI called me before I had a chance to look for another job. They were looking for people that were not job hoppers, who wanted stability and wanted to work. In a matter of days, I was in Irving, Texas, attending orientation. I’ve stayed at NCI because of the family atmosphere. I feel like I belong here. I’m not just a driver.” McMahon shared.

National Carriers spokesman Ed Kentner stated, “Whether the subject is safe driving habits, on time deliveries, truck maintenance or customer service, Tommy McMahon is a leader in each area. From the first day he attended orientation through today, he has made himself an invaluable contributor to National Carriers continued success.”

McMahon said earnestly, “I haven’t any hesitation to walk into the president’s office and visit. He treats me as a human being, not just as a driver. He cares what is going on with me, my business and my equipment. Customer service, dispatch, the shop, safety and driver services all have an open-door policy. Even our settlement department is excellent in communicating with our drivers. I don’t worry about my payroll because I know it is done right. If I send in the right information, I will get the right paycheck each week. I receive an email on Wednesday stating what my deposit will be. Friday, when I wake up, I can check my account and it will be there.”

Company Information National Carriers is a diversified motor carrier servicing all 48 states in the continental United States with transportation offerings which include refrigerated, livestock, and logistics services.

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Regulatory guidance to affect driver jobs

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

New regulatory guidance may have an impact on driver jobs.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced new regulatory guidance clarifying the longstanding 150 air-miles hours-of-service agricultural commodity exemption as well as providing additional explanatory detail of the “personal conveyance” provision.

“Due to input from commercial vehicle stakeholders and the public, the Department has taken steps to provide greater clarity and flexibility regarding the intent and effect of these regulations, for the agricultural and other sectors,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.

FMCSA published Federal Register notices proposing regulatory guidance for the transportation of agricultural commodities and the use of personal conveyance in December, 2017 and requested public comment. FMCSA is providing clarity on the use of the agricultural exemption and personal conveyance to both industry and law enforcement along with providing as much flexibility as possible for the industry, while maintaining safety.

“We are dedicated to finding effective solutions to challenges, exploring new opportunities for innovation and constantly seeking ways to improve,” said FMCSA Administrator Raymond P. Martinez.

In all, nearly 850 public comments were submitted to the Federal Register dockets on the proposed guidance pertaining to the transportation of agricultural commodities as well as on the personal conveyance provision.

The new regulatory guidance is developed within a clear, questions-and-answers format and explains the 150 air-mile radius agricultural commodity exemption and how the “source” of the commodity is determined.