Two overall winners will be recognized at the TCA Annual Convention in Kissimmee, Florida. (Pictured:  Jim Peeples, president and COO at Challenger Motor Freight, receiving the large-carrier award earlier this year.)  -  File Photo: Vesna Brajkovic

Two overall winners will be recognized at the TCA Annual Convention in Kissimmee, Florida. (Pictured: 

Jim Peeples, president and COO at Challenger Motor Freight, receiving the large-carrier award earlier this year.)

File Photo: Vesna Brajkovic

For the last 14 years, the Truckload Carriers Association and CarriersEdge have recognized top performing carriers through an annual Best Fleets to Drive For contest. The program has returned for its 15th iteration and professional truck drivers and independent contractors can now formally nominate the company they work for as a Best Fleet to Drive For.

Nominations will be open until Oct. 31.

Fleets operating 10 or more tractor-trailers in the U.S. or Canada are eligible for nomination. A TCA membership is not required to participate.

By nominating a fleet, a professional truck driver is recognizing its company’s culture, programs, and working environment. If the carrier chooses to participate, Senior Management will take part in a questionnaire and interview, while a selection of drivers will participate in surveys, all of which dig deeper into the company’s policies and practices.

At the end of the evaluation process, the top 20 highest scoring fleets will be identified as Best Fleets to Drive For and announced at the end of January 2023. From this pool, companies will be divided into "small" and "large" carrier categories. Two overall winners will be then recognized alongside fleets who will be entering the program’s Hall of Fame at the TCA Annual Convention, March 4-7, 2023, in Kissimmee, Florida.

“The program evolves every season to match what is happening in the industry,” said Jane Jazrawy, CEO of CarriersEdge in a press release. “Over the past two years, we watched carriers work hard to meet the unprecedented challenges that arose during COVID. Now, we are excited to see what new ideas fleets have come up with to transition from the pandemic and meet the challenges of a fluctuating economy.”

TCA President Jim Ward said he looks forward to seeing what "new standards carriers have implemented since last year's program to better working conditions for professional drivers, and the industry as a whole."

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