American Central Transport is increasing pay for both company truck drivers and owner operators, the trucking company announced.

Over-the-road company drivers will receive a 2-cent per mile pay increase, effective Aug. 24. It will be added to the 1-cent per mile anniversary increase given earlier in the year, amounting to an overall 7% increase.

This will result in a maximum pay rate of 52-cents per mile paid for all miles, plus fuel bonus.

"We want to be a market leader in terms of our pay and total benefit package for our drivers," said Philip Wilt, ACT COO. "We appreciate the job our drivers do and we know what you're going through out there."

ACT is also adding a 2-cent per mile pay increase for all owner operators who add the Lytx DriveCam system to their trucks. Beginning on Aug. 24, contractors will receive $1.05 per loaded mile if they have a hazmat endorsement. Non-hazmat contractors will be paid 99-cents per loaded mile and 90 cents for empty miles, plus fuel surcharge on all miles.

“For our independent contractors, giving them this increase is our way of saying thanks for making our fleet even safer with the addition of a drive cam,” said Wilt. “We're very proud of ACT's safety record and this is an important step in protecting our drivers and the motoring public.”