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    US Xpress rolls out incentives to attract and retain team drivers

    Teams can earn up to $50,000 in annual bonuses, truckload carrier says.

    Truckload carrier US Xpress Enterprises Inc. said today it has introduced a program with generous financial incentives for current and prospective team drivers, a telling reminder of how valuable team drivers have become in a world of constrained truck capacity, government regulations that place a tight digital lid on driver operations, and customers who expect their shipments to arrive in 1 to 2 days rather than 3 or 4 days as in the past.

    Privately held US Xpress said the program, called „TeamMax,” could translate into as much as $50,000 in total bonuses for two-man teams. The formula to get to the upper threshold works like this: For every 60,000 miles the team runs, they will split a $2,000 bonus and each earn one week of paid vacation valued at $500 per driver. A team that drives 60,000 miles four times in a year will receive $4,000 per driver and $1,000 each in equivalent vacation time. If the team chooses not to take vacation time, they will be paid $500 per driver for each week of unused accrued and earned vacation at the end of each year. Once the team reaches $48,000 in bonus and vacation pay, each driver will receive one more final payout of $1,000.

    Danna Bailey, a US Xpress spokeswoman, said teams compose about 15 percent of the company's revenue. However, given the growing demands of e-commerce on US Express' network, „we would be happy to double that number,” she said.

    In addition, drivers in the program can earn up to 82 cents per mile, are first in line for the newest trucks, and get priority status at truck service centers, which, in turn, minimizes down time, the company said. Jeff Tucker, CEO of freight broker Tucker Company Worldwide Inc., said the US Xpress initiative is worth about $10,000 more than a similar plan offered by one of its competitors, whom he did not identify.

    For years, team drivers have been in high demand and in short supply. But demand has heated up anew in the wake of the federal government's mandate to require that virtually all trucks be equipped with Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) to digitally track a driver's compliance with federal Hours of Service (HOS) requirements, which cap a driver's behind-the-wheel time to 11 consecutive hours within a 14-hour workday. A two-person driving team can make those runs in one day as a second driver would take the seat once the first nears the allowable limit.

    ELD enforcement will be ratcheted up April 1, when state safety inspectors can begin writing out-of-service orders for non-compliance. Historically, many drivers have 'fudged" their information in paper logbooks to run longer hours than allowed.

    ELD compliance, combined with the increasingly expedited nature of deliveries due to e-commerce demand, have put teams in the proverbial driver's seat, Tucker said. 'The big guys all want market share, and have been stumped," Tucker said. 'Owner-operator life is getting easier by the day.

    With investors and analysts demanding growth from the publicly traded truckload carriers, industry executives have no choice but to 'pay the piper, „Tucker said, adding that 'I don't think we've seen the end of this.”

    Back in 2014, US Xpress fired one of the first salvos in the driver pay wars, hiking solo drivers salaries by 13 percent, well above the industry norm at the time. Since then, as the driver market has tightened, increases of that extent are more commonplace.

    http://www.dcvelocity.com/articles/2...-team-drivers/

    Privately held US Xpress said the program, called „TeamMax,” could translate into as much as $50,000 in total bonuses for two-man teams. The formula to get to the upper threshold works like this: For every 60,000 miles the team runs, they will split a $2,000 bonus and each earn one week of paid vacation valued at $500 per driver. A team that drives 60,000 miles four times in a year will receive $4,000 per driver and $1,000 each in equivalent vacation time. If the team chooses not to take vacation time, they will be paid $500 per driver for each week of unused accrued and earned vacation at the end of each year. Once the team reaches $48,000 in bonus and vacation pay, each driver will receive one more final payout of $1,000.
    This paragraph confuses the hell out of me. First off... the way I see it... for every 60,000 miles run... each driver would receive a $1,000 bonus and a week's vacation valued at $500. So... a team that drives 60,000 miles four times in a year will receive $4,000 per driver and $2,000 each in equivalent vacation time... not $4,000 per driver and $1,000 each in equivalent vacation time.

    Then... in order for that team to just get $12,000 in bonuses... that team would have to drive 240,000 miles in a year... that's an average of 27 miles every hour of every day for that whole year... which I find to be incredible all in itself.

    Now here's my question... just how in the hell can teams earn $50,000 in annual bonuses? For the team to get that $48,000 in bonus and vacation pay and get that final payout of $2,000 to make that $50,000... they would have to drive 960,000 miles in that year... which would be an impossibility seeing they would have to run an average of 109 miles every hour of every day in that whole year.

    Some of you might say that it states 'once the team reaches $48,000 in bonus and vacation pay' which doesn't necessarily mean that it has to be in that year... which you would be right... but... then it wouldn't be considered $50,000 in annual bonuses... right?


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    It's trucking company math. They sell you the world, then laugh in your face when you come to collect.

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    Here you go...

    After the team has earned a total of $48,000 in bonuses, which would take four years of driving at least 240,000 miles per year, each driver will receive a final payout of $1,000.

    https://www.overdriveonline.com/top-...-team-drivers/
    Sure... no problem... that's only 657.5 miles every single day for four years straight.

    Where do I sign... lol

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    Here you go...



    Sure... no problem... that's only 657.5 miles every single day for four years straight.

    Where do I sign... lol
    500 bucks a week vacation pay, I guess that trip to the Bahamas is out.

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    At Yellow we often did 1200-mile days, so it's not quite unattainable. Unlikely, but achievable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buster View Post
    At Yellow we often did 1200-mile days, so it's not quite unattainable. Unlikely, but achievable.
    It only felt like a 1200 mile day because everyone else was passing you..

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    Lol funny, but no. We ran hard over there. Anxious to get the trip over and get some time off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buster View Post
    At Yellow we often did 1200-mile days, so it's not quite unattainable. Unlikely, but achievable.
    You do realize that's traveling a constant 50 mph for the whole 24 hr day...

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    I sure do. We rock and rolled on those runs. It was difficult work, but the best friend I've made in the trucking industry came from those days. Insanity.

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    We'd do the 1400 miles to Salt Lake City in 28 hours. Standard practice. Teaming was not for the faint of heart, or for people who liked having a life. Lol

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