All Freight Systems Inc., a truckload carrier based in Kansas City, Kan., is raising its owner-operator pay to $1 per mile, effective Friday, Oct. 20. The pay raise, which represents a full 9-cent-per-mile increase over the previous rate, is paid on all miles, loaded and empty, and includes a 100 percent fuel surcharge.
Darrin Karley, All Freight Systems’ vice president, says the decision to raise owner-operator pay was spurred by an increasing demand for capacity by All Freight’s customers. Karley stressed the increase did not involve redistributing funds from other parts of its pay package. “We are flat-out increasing our mileage rate by 9 cents per mile, no strings attached,” he says. The company also recently raised its rates to its customers, so drivers on the percentage pay plan also should realize a significant increase, Karley says.
All Freight Systems pays for base plates, permits and bobtail insurance, and offers reimbursement for tolls encountered on company routes. All Freight Systems also offers weekly home time and 100 percent no-touch freight.