Transport America honors drivers, increases owner-operator pay

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Keith Loging, a driver with Transport America, recently received the company’s One Million Mile Accident-Free Safety Award. Transport America also announced its April 2006 Drivers of the Month, as well as an increase in owner-operator pay, effective July 1, to 92 cents per mile on all miles – loaded and empty.

  • Loging, who has been driving for 11 years, has spent his entire career with Transport America, a truckload carrier based in Eagan, Minn. He says the company never has lost interest in getting to know its drivers. For the past seven years, Loging also has served Transport America as a driver instructor. As he passes along his respect for the road to his students, Loging hopes they, too, will someday reach one million accident-free miles. His advice to new drivers is simple: “Leave your temper at home. Don’t let the small things get to you.” Loging is married and has three children, ages 10, 7 and 5.
  • Company Drivers of the Month for April are Troy Kasprowicz, a driver instructor; Clyde Turvey, a recipient of Transport America’s Million Mile Accident-Free Safety Award; and Tim Taylor, a driver instructor who joined Transport America just over a year ago and already has been recognized for one year of accident-free driving. Contract Drivers of the Month are Philip Alestri, a recipient of Transport America’s Million Mile Accident-Free Safety Award; Alberto Cruz, who has 20 years of driving experience; and Robert Buzzell, who has been with Transport America for 15 years.
  • Transport America — which says contractors to see an immediate increase in their weekly take home pay — will phase in the new pay package beginning July 1, by increasing its line-haul pay rate to 90 cents per mile. On Sept. 1, that rate will increase to 91 cents, and on Nov. 1 to 92 cents. Transport America says it also passes back 100 percent of fuel surcharges on all miles – loaded and empty.
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