Matheson Trucking in California Recognized by USPS for Service and Sustainability

matheson trucking driver on the roadAs a truck driver, you want to get rewarded for your hard work over the road. Getting paid well as a trucker is one of the best rewards you can get. So is being recognized by one of the biggest shipping customers in the US. Now, that’s something you can really add to your resume when searching for truck driving jobs.

Most lately, Matheson Trucking of Sacramento, California was recognized by the United States Postal Service with quite the honor. The USPS has awarded Matheson Trucking with the Supplier Sustainability Excellence Award. Check out what this means for Matheson and its truck drivers and how the company came to receive this recognition.

Matheson Earns Top Award

According to the Postmaster General and USPS CEO, Megan Brennan, Matheson Trucking was selected for the award “because of its high level of performance in supporting the Postal Service during 2016.” Brennan continues in a letter of acknowledgement to Matheson Trucking, “Your commitment to excellence was instrumental in helping us deliver superior service to our customers and achieve our mission of providing universal mail service to the American public. Your selection was endorsed by the Postal Service’s staff who have worked directly with your organization and who know firsthand about your outstanding performance.” Matheson Trucking has been hauling packages for the USPS for more than 43 years, according to CEO Mark Matheson.

Sustainable Truck Driving Services

Exactly what kind of sustainable truck driving services has Matheson Trucking provided for the USPS? For starters, Matheson is “dedicated to a policy of increasing the use of clean energy fuels to improve air quality, decrease diesel fuel consumption and reliance on foreign oil, while helping to preserve our environment,” according to its CEO.

To help accomplish this goal in green trucking, Matheson increased its fleet to include 27 compressed natural gas tractors. The company will be adding 12 more later in the year. This will bring the total number of CNG tractors to 64, which accounts for nearly a quarter of the company’s fleet. Compressed natural gas tractors at Matheson Trucking are cutting out more than 780,000 gallons of diesel annually.

The environmental benefits of taking that much diesel out of the trucking chain is substantial. It means that much less in diesel emissions and the dependence on fossil fuels. Matheson Trucking uses its CNG tractors for all its USPS hauls, allowing the national package shipper to reap the environmental benefits as well. This recognition by the USPS is a major deal in showing how much the shipper appreciates the trucking company’s efforts in sustainability.

As such, Charles Mellor, COO of Matheson Trucking, adds, “Speaking for our entire management team, we want to extend our personal thanks to all employees for their performance and cooperative business relationship with the Postal Service this past year. Everyone at Matheson should take great pride in knowing the important role they have played in helping to keep our postal system the best in the world.”

Driving a Truck for Matheson Trucking

Are you interested in a truck driving career at Matheson Trucking? This trucking company, founded in 1962, provides national trucking jobs. Whether you are interested in hauling for the USPS or for airport maintenance and terminal handling, Matheson has a job for you. Class A CDL truck drivers looking for a career must be able to pass a background check and be at least 21 years old to apply. You will also need to have at least one year of recent Class A trucking experience.

Drivers hauling for the USPS operate on a six-day schedule for a total workload of up to 35 hours a week. Your pay rate is based on the USPS wage determination schedule, which starts at $20.72 per hour plus full trucking benefits. To get started, apply at Matheson Trucking today!

Super Service Introduces Its Ground-Breaking P3 Program

trucks in a row with Super ServiceIncreasing earning power and taking control of their pay is a top priority for experienced professional truck drivers but until now, many struggled to find a carrier that allowed performance to dictate pay.  This is where Super Service has taken its cue in developing its ground-breaking P3 program (Performance Plus Pay) which enables drivers to boost their pay by as much as 6 cents per mile.“We have enormous respect for these driving professionals who have so many factors to contend with on the road. That’s why we want to pay them for their performance – to put the control in their hands,” says Vaughn Yow, Vice President of Operations.

With P3, drivers determine how much more they are paid above base rate based on these incentives:

  • HazMat endorsement (1¢/mile; endorsement reimbursed by Service Service)
  • Safety bonus (2¢/mile)
  • Availability (1¢/mile)
  • Miles per gallon incentive (1¢/mile)
  • Service performance (1¢/mile).

Every month, Super Service drivers will be evaluated on each of the incentive areas.  “If a driver hits all of the P3 incentives, their performance earns 6¢ more per mile. It’s their money to keep or not based on the previous month’s performance,” says Vaughn Yow, Vice President of Operations. “And since it’s evaluated monthly, you can always work toward getting them all next month. No long waiting for quarterly or yearly bonuses – each month their performance will dictate their pay.”

The P3 program, unique to Super Service, goes into effect July 1, 2017, and encompasses all drivers, new and existing.  “We want all experienced, professional drivers to know how much they’re valued here,” says Ronnie Presley, Director of Driver Recruiting.  “Our loyal drivers currently with us deserve this, and those experienced drivers out there who aren’t getting paid for their performance deserve to come to Super Service and get it too.”

For more information on the P3 program or to apply, recruiters are standing at 877-560-7537 or visit driveforsuperservice.com.

 About Super Service, LLC

Super Service, LLC is one of the nation’s leading Regional and Dedicated Full Truckload carriers providing superior customer service in the transportation of general commodities.  Super Service operates regionally in the Southeast, Midwest and Eastern United States and has many dedicated operations located throughout the Unites States. With over 1,000 employees and contractors, Super Service, LLC provides solo and team service to a diverse group of customers, many of whom are Fortune 500 companies. Super Service is committed to safety and customer service ensuring we are delivering on our promise to both employees and the companies we serve.

Finding a Balance: How to Pay for Truck Driver Training

Trucker with semi truckIf you are interested in becoming a trucker, then prepare yourself for some changes. For starters, truck driving school was once an option or pathway to getting hired by a trucking company. However, nowadays if you don’t go to trucking school you’ll be hard pressed to find a trucking job that is worth your time. Tack on the fact that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has passed a rule that all new truck drivers will be required to get training. Where do you stand in this new truck driver territory? How to pay for this training?

Cost of Truck Driving School

The time it takes to go through a truck driving school program varies. For example, at Roadmaster Drivers School, Inc. the program is a three to four week session. At SAGE Truck Driving Schools has a comprehensive tractor trailer driver program that lasts for four to five weeks. SEC Training Centers also provides a five-week training program. You will even find some training programs that last for a week, which is a very tight time frame for learning and retaining any amount of knowledge.

As for how much truck driving school costs that’s another matter that varies greatly. You can expect to pay between $3,000 and $8,000 for the program. If you don’t pass the course the first time around, then you are looking at being in debt without having a trucking job to go to. That’s why it’s important to treat truck driving school with a professionalism that you will carry on as a truck driver.

Paying for Trucking School

To pay for truck driver training courses you do have options. It is not viable for most individuals to pay the thousands of dollars out of pocket, and truck driving training schools know this. As a result, most are set up to help you find financial aid or loan programs that will benefit you. Here are some places to get started:

  • If you are a military truck driver you can use your GI Bill Educational benefits to cover your tuition costs, if applicable.
  • Ask the trucking school advisor if you are able to get a grant via the Community Reinvestment Act or Workforce Investment Act, which is available in many states and local communities to help boost employment.
  • Inquire about scholarships at the trucking school; you may be able to get a scholarship through a trucking company that will cover your expenses as long as you agree to drive for that company post-graduation.
  • Check out lending companies that offer student loans; while you will have to pay interest and fees, it may be your only option.
  • Find out if the trucking school has an installment program so you can pay gradually for the training.
  • Ask trucking job recruiters who are contact with you through the trucking school if their affiliated companies offer tuition reimbursement.

This last one is possibly the most affordable option since you will not have to pay anything for your training. Most trucking companies now provide total tuition repayment for new truck drivers who are fresh out of school. However, you must apply for a trucking job within a set time frame, typically within a few months, after graduating to be eligible. Considering the window of opportunity is narrow, you want to make sure you understand the fine print of this option before you commit to truck driving school.

What is Preventing Vets From Getting Truck Driving Jobs

Schneider Trucker Driving on County RoadWhen trucking companies like Unigroup, Inc., Triple Crown Services or Transport America get ready to hire truck drivers, here is what they want in a driver. Dedication, respect, cleanliness, honor, hard work, diligence, attention to detail, and most importantly, behind the wheel truck driving experience. What if there was a demographic group of truck drivers who fit this perfectly, yet they were often deterred from getting a CDL trucking job?

What if you learned that these truckers were former US military who had served overseas in some of the most dangerous environments truck drivers could work in. Move over ice road truckers, slide out of the way Australian truckies. Our veteran truckers are a valuable source of employment for the US, but first some roadblocks need to be taken care of.

Commercial Driver’s Licenses for Vets

The first problem is getting a commercial driver’s license. As a military trucker you were given a military license to drive a truck. That license does not transfer over into a CDL. As a result, when you return back to the US after being overseas as an active duty soldier, you will not be able to get a trucking job immediately. You will have to start from scratch by getting a CDL.

This is a two-test process involving a written test and a road test. The information required of you is not the same information you would need to know as a military truck driver. The main difference is the focus on truck driver and highway safety, as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) prioritize safety over all else.

To make it easier to get your CDL as a military trucker, the FMCSA has recently amended the requirements for this demographic. The infamous FAST Act that was signed in 2015, and included such regulations as the e-log mandate, also includes the Military Skills Test Waiver Program. This program is vital to helping truck drivers who are former military truckers to get their CDL as soon as possible when they return to the States to a civilian truck driving career. The program:

  • Is applicable to military vets who drove heavy duty vehicles while in the military
  • Allows these drivers to get their CDL without having to take the road test
  • Permits veteran drivers to have an extended time frame after returning from overseas, from 90 days to a new time frame of 12 months, to apply for the skills test waiver

Keep in mind if you wait until after the 1-year waiver period you will have to take the skills/road test in order to get your CDL. If you are recovering from a military injury in a vet hospital, and are unable to work for that 12-month period, speak with your vet affairs resource officer to see if there is a way around this issue. Overall, this program is important for helping vets transition to a commercial truck driver if they are certain that is what they want to do with their career as a civilian. However, it still doesn’t address the issue of behind the wheel experience.

Behind the Wheel Experience

As any truck driver with any experience will tell you, getting hired by a trucking company almost always requires the would-be driver to have behind the wheel experience. Some companies require years of experience, while other companies hire drivers with months of experience pending on the job training and truck driver orientation. Here’s the rub for vets.

They have ample behind the wheel experience, but often this is classified or otherwise nontransferable to a job history. Companies simply don’t know how to translate military experience with commercial driving experience. Part of this is because that’s like comparing apples to bananas. However, veteran truckers clearly have behind the wheel experience; it just needs a valuation to be worthwhile in the commercial sector.

Job Differences

This brings up an important point. While military truck drivers have ample experience driving heavy duty trucks, and possibly Class 8 trucks, the fact of the matter is that military trucking experience isn’t the same as commercial experience. For starters, you have a different set of requirements to comply with to meet DOT standards. When you are a truck driver for a commercial business you also have to learn how to maintain DOT logs and keep up with your hours of service, both of which are safety-related commercial trucking requirements.

There needs to be a balance between trained veterans who are truckers and commercial drivers. A training dedicated to veteran truck drivers who need to fill in the commercial details of their job training would be ideal in this situation. Are you listening, FMCSA?

Military Call to Active Duty

Another often unmentioned issue with hiring military truck drivers is the chance that they will be called in. If a driver gets a military call to active duty they have no choice in the matter, and they are deployed for months at a time. This is a concern for trucking companies that are working to reduce driver turnover and improve retention rates. After all, when you hire and train a truck driver you want to know they will be there for the job for the duration. It is discriminatory to not hire military truck drivers who could be called away to duty, based on this fact.

Unfortunately it happens every day across the country as trucking companies have the right to hire whomever they want in this free country, which is free thanks to the service of military truckers. That’s why it is great to see trucking companies like US Xpress, TMC Transportation and Schneider Trucking provide specialized hiring for truck driving veterans. This is a step in the right direction.