I have been writing a blog on the transportation industry for five years. During this period I have received hundreds of postings and e mails from readers. Every now and then I receive an e mail that stands out. This week I received a thoughtful and interesting e mail and article from a truck driver, David Robson. In the article, he shares his thoughts on what trucking companies can do to improve driver retention and increase trucking company profits. With permission, here is an edited version of the article.
The Future of the Professional Driver
“I was looking up the top 50 trucking companies and reviewed a few of the well-known companies CSA scores from the FMCSA website. I was surprised and disappointed with what I saw. Many of these carriers advertise on the backs of their trailers, “We hire only safe and professional drivers.” If you saw their CSA scores I would think that the owners would be embarrassed to display those signs. Perhaps the owners are not aware of their scores.
The first thing I noticed was that many were near the 60% intervention score. The other common factor involved “Subject to Placardable HM Threshold.“
I found some violations that were commonly high among most of the carriers....