Nussbaum Transportation has been named as TCA's 2020 Top Fleet to Drive For in the large carrier category.  - Photo: Nussbaum Transportation

Nussbaum Transportation has been named as TCA's 2020 Top Fleet to Drive For in the large carrier category. 

Photo: Nussbaum Transportation

The Truckload Carriers Association and its partner CarriersEdge unveiled the winners of the 2020 Best Fleets to Drive For contest and survey during TCA’s Annual Convention in Orlando.

  • The Best Overall Fleet in the small carrier category, an award sponsored by TruckRight, was presented to Boyle Transportation, of Billerica, Massachusetts.
  • The Best Overall Fleet in the large carrier category, an award sponsored by EpicVue, was presented to Nussbaum Transportation, of Hudson, Illinois.

Now in its 12th year, the Best Fleets to Drive For Contest is an annual survey and contest that recognizes North American for-hire trucking companies who provide the best workplace experience for their drivers.

To be considered, fleets must be nominated by a company driver or independent contractor working with them, after which they are evaluated across a broad range of categories reflecting current best practices in human resources. The contest accepts nominations from Labor Day to Halloween each year.

Each January, TCA and CarriersEdge announces its Top 20 Best Fleets to Drive For winners, which are categorized according to size. The highest scoring fleet in each category is named an overall winner during TCA’s Annual Convention.

Both Boyle Transportation and Nussbaum Transportation have been named to the Best Fleets Top 20 multiple times, with Nussbaum previously winning the 2019 Best Overall Fleet in the small carrier category.

Keys to Driver Retention Success

Nussbaum Transportation, with 442 drivers, was noted for its approach to new technology adoption, where a focus on personal needs ensures the enhancements optimize, rather than disrupt, driver efficiency. The company’s creative approach to HR and professional development programs also earned top scores across a variety of categories.

Boyle Transportation, with 133 drivers, stood out for its investments in driver support programs and operational efficiency improvements. Its guaranteed pay, provision of cell phones and connectivity tools, and a generous scholarship offering all demonstrated a willingness to invest in areas many fleets are reluctant to explore.

CarriersEdge CEO Jane Jazrawy noted that both Boyle Transportation and Nussbaum Transportation are seeing impressive results from their programs. Both have driver satisfaction above 93% and driver turnover under 20%.

“We’ve been aware of these fleets for years, watching them continue to refine their offerings and raise the bar for the industry,” said Jazrawy. “With such creative ideas, and strong buy-in from drivers on their efforts, it’s easy to see why they’re seeing such great results.”

TCA President John Lyboldt agreed. “To be bestowed the title of overall winner requires a strong combination of outstanding programs, high satisfaction levels, and great results in safety and retention, and these companies should be very proud,” he said. “A special congratulations to Nussbaum for winning the award twice in a row – that’s an even more difficult feat.”

The Best Fleets to Drive For survey and contest is open to any fleet operating 10 or more trucks, regardless of TCA membership status. Nominated fleets are evaluated in areas such as driver compensation, pension and benefits, professional development, driver and community support, and safety record.

For additional information on the Best Fleets to Drive For program, follow the hashtag #BestFleets20 on social media, or visit www.bestfleetstodrivefor.com.

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