CCJ Daily Dispatch, Oct. 2: Flatbed carrier announces ‘Appreciation Pay’ program for drivers

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Updated Oct 5, 2020

Trucking news and briefs for Friday, Oct. 2, 2020:

Flatbed carrier announces driver appreciation bonuses
Alabama-based flatbed carrier Montgomery Transport announced a fourth quarter bonus pay program to show appreciation to its drivers.

The two-installment “Appreciation Pay” program will reward drivers based on all miles driven and is timed to give them extra cash for the holidays.

As part of the program, company drivers will earn an additional 2 cents per mile for all miles driven between Sept. 29 and Jan. 31, 2021. The first installment will be paid on Dec. 18 for all miles driven during October and November. The second installment will be paid on Feb. 5, 2021, for all miles during December and January. Drivers are eligible immediately upon hire but must be employed on the date of distribution to receive their bonus.

MT Dedicated drivers will also receive extra pay during the same time frame of up to $30 per week paid out on Dec. 18 and Feb. 5.

ELD provider Pedigree adds Drivewyze PreClear to service
ELD provider Pedigree Technologies will add the Drivewyze PreClear Weigh Station Bypass and Drivewyze Safety Notifications to its OneView ELD Chrome platform.

Once integrated, Drivewyze will transmit safety scores, registration and IFTA tax compliance information to the weigh station, which then calculates the information against the bypass criteria established by the state. If the carrier and truck pass the criteria, at one mile out, the driver receives permission to bypass the site. The better the carrier’s safety score, the more bypasses are typically granted.

“We offer our customers an award-winning fleet management system — from asset tracking to dash cam solutions to electronic work orders and more,” said Josh DeCock, Pedigree Technologies’ vice president of product management. “We’re thrilled to be adding Drivewyze PreClear and Drivewyze Safety Notifications to our package. It will make a huge difference for our customers’ drivers — and, the beauty is, it can be activated within minutes.”

Lion Electric partners with ABB for EV charging stations
Global tech firm ABB has partnered with heavy-duty zero-emission vehicle manufacturer Lion Electric to provide Lion with its charging equipment product line, which will be sold under Lion’s new Lion Energy infrastructure division.

Lion Energy is designed to streamline the process of EV charging station installation. ABB will supply its full range of charging solutions, to support the Lion Electric fleet, which ranges from small buses to 300kW battery trucks.

“Over the past few years, Lion Electric has delivered hundreds of electric buses and trucks, and it has been a goal of ours to provide a complete turnkey charging infrastructure solution for our customers,” said Marc-Andre Page, vice president of commercial operations at Lion Electric. “With our deep experience in EV charging, we are proud to partner with a segment leader like ABB to provide premium EVSEs to our customers. We feel the Lion and ABB partnership was a natural fit as both companies are pioneers in electrification and share a common goal of decarbonizing transit. We are looking forward to deploying ABB equipment and to offer a state-of-the-art charging infrastructure solution to our customers.”

Lion Electric will be trained to undertake the servicing of ABB’s EV charging solutions.