Maverick Transportation announced a pay raise for current and potential drivers, effective April 1.

Under the new plan, Maverick, increased tarp pay to $25, more than double the previous amount. Starting pay for flatbed drivers at Maverick will now be 42 cents to 43 cents per mile. An additional longevity incentive each year, for up to five years, was also announced across the board for all drivers. Addtionally, students and driver instructors will receive increases in various areas including training pay and mileage incentives.

Maverick, based in Little Rock, Ark., says it is one of the first fleets to move on a driver pay increase in 2012.

"Everyone in our industry knows that professional drivers need, and more importantly, deserve higher pay," says Maverick Chairman and CEO Steve Williams. "We decided to move fast in 2012 in order to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to offer the best compensation plan and the best driving job in the industry."

Maverick will continue to offer weekend home time in most divisions, per diem pay, fuel bonuses, detention pay, referral bonuses, and complete medical benefits.