New Regulation Regarding 34-hour Restart--Effective Immediately

by Natalie P.17. December 2014 17:12

 

New Regulation Regarding 34-hour Restart--Effective Immediately

 

As you may be aware a new regulation has been enacted to change the restart process for HOS.  You are no longer required to cover 2 periods between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m.  Any 34-hour period off duty, sleeper berth, or a combination of the two, is now a legal restart.  In addition to the change in time, multiple restarts can be taken within a 7-day period. 

In an effort to allow enforcement personnel time to understand the regulation and to ensure that proper programming exists within the e-log program, we will not allow use of these changes until 1/5/15.  Effective 12:01 am on 1/5/15, you may begin following these new regulations. 

We believe this slight delay in using the new guidance will ultimately result in fewer potential issues with enforcement personnel who may not be fully familiar with the changes.  Also, due to the holiday period, we feel this will have minimal impact on our drivers. 

If anyone has any questions or concerns with this guidance, please reach out to the Safety Department at 1-800-601-5500, Option 4.

 

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Honoring 3rd Quarter Million Milers

by Natalie P.16. December 2014 09:00

 

" We are extremely proud of our Million Mile drivers. The achievement they have made is not an easy one. Through their success, we can learn how to support the next generation of million mile drivers who will follow in their footsteps."

-Amy Lokken,

VP of Safety and Security

 

U.S. Xpress would like to celebrate our Million Miler drivers who reached their milestone this year between July and September 2014! Driving a million miles accident free is a huge feat. Be sure to congratulate these drivers when you see them!

 

Rich Jones

Fred Howard ( 3 million)

Marshall Gregg

Bennie Lowery

Joan Pyle

Agatha Smith

Deborah Holmes

Charles Pearson

Tracy Colombi

Jack Blackmon

George Brown Jr.

Youness Gouda

Richard Jones

James Lee Jr.

Gary Long

Charles Pearson

Todd Whittaker

Macarthur Williams

William Carter ( 2 million )

Charles Lemmons (2 million)

Richard Smith (2 million)

 

U.S. Xpress’ Million Miler Luncheon was held in November, and honors drivers on the

grounds of remarkable driving records and miles driven.

Many of these drivers have exceeded the million mile marker

and have accomplished two, and even three million safe miles

throughout their career.

 

“It takes roughly 250,000 miles to get to the moon. If you take

two round trips to the moon and back, you will achieve one million

miles,” said Chief Administrative Officer, Lisa Pate. “To achieve

this a driver must not only be cognizant of their own driving

actions, but they must always be ready to react to other drivers

actions around them. The job of a professional truck driver is not

an easy one, but these drivers demonstrate a true commitment to

excellence in driving skills.”

 

Drivers were greeted by executive staff and an excited

crowd as they toured U.S. Xpress’ corporate headquarters

in Chattanooga, TN.

 

Following the tour, U.S. Xpress held a roundtable discussion

on driver success stories and words of advice. With a goal of

becoming a carrier of choice to drivers, U.S. Xpress listened to

possible ways to improve both the company and the livelihood

of our drivers.

 

The event concluded with a meet-and-greet, allowing

drivers to connect one-on-one with office staff at U.S. Xpress

headquarters.

 

U.S. Xpress looks forward to more Million Miler events to

recognize drivers that exceed expectations and exemplify

the success of the company.

 

How Do You Become A Million Miler? (Stay tuned in 2015 to hear about changes to the program)

You need to be eligible for your six-year safety award (six safe driving years, accident-free). In addition to your safe driving at U.S. Xpress, you can carry over a maximum of five years of verifiable safe driving years from other reputable carriers. In total, you must have at least 11 years of safe driving without a preventable accident.

 

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Safety- Accident Reports

by Natalie P.15. December 2014 09:00

 

It is company policy for U.S. Xpress drivers to report all accidents and incidents to the Claims Dept. and Xpress Roadside Assistance immediately, regardless of how minor they may seem.  Please follow the procedures as described in the company’s driver handbook, including notifying the Claims Dept. at 1-800-601-5500 and Xpress Roadside Assistance at 1-800-447-3152, or via Macro 20, of any accident or incident you witness. Thanks for helping!

 

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Well Wishes to Two Retirees

by Natalie P.11. December 2014 09:00

We want to thank Bill and Deb Collins who retired from U.S. Xpress after 17 years with the company for all of their dedication and hard work throughout the years! It is truly with a heavy heart that we say goodbye, but we truly want to thank them for everything! We also want to thank them for all of their kind words sent to the company. They visited the corporate office and went to lunch with their support team and got a chance to see and thank the following people:

Max Fuller- CEO

Eric Fuller- COO

Greg McQuagge- Senior VP of Operations

Mike Morrissey- VP of Teams

Lamont Williams- Director of Teams

Jeff Jones- Fleet Manager Teams

Warren Luttrell- Fleet Owner Teams

David Rogers- Fleet Owner Teams

 

They also sent the below kind messages to the company:

 

 

 

Message to Fleet Manager, Jeff Jones (retyped due to message having to be broken up too many times):

"Thanks for everything. You've been a wonderful FM, great miles and backup. Thanks for yesterday. Lunch was great and it was great meeting you and the rest of the USX family. We were especially honored to meet the Fullers."

 

Bill and Deb, we truly wish you the best in your future endeavors!

 

 

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COO, Eric Fuller Live Chat on Facebook

by Natalie P.10. December 2014 09:00

Mark your calendars for Thursday, December 18th from 3 p.m.- 5 p.m. EST! We are excited to announce that our chief operating officer, Eric Fuller, will be on our U.S. Xpress Drivers Facebook page ready to live chat and answer our drivers’ questions. If you are not a fan yet, visit our page and click "like" today, https://www.facebook.com/USXpressDrivers

 

 

Check back in throughout this week and next week for topics of discussion. We look forward to chatting with you!

 

If you are not on Facebook, we will be sure to share the Facebook feed with questions from drivers and answers from Eric here on the newsletter.

 

Thanks

 

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Flu Prevention Tip- Educate and Understand Influenza (Flu)

by Natalie P.9. December 2014 09:00

 

Prevention Tip- Educate and Understand Influenza (Flu)

 

 

Influenza, or flu, is a respiratory infection caused by several flu viruses. There are some similarities and some differences between a cold and the Flu. The most familiar aspect of the flu is the way it can "knock you off your feet" as it sweeps through entire communities.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that “5 to 20 percent of Americans come down with the flu during each flu season, which typically lasts from October to March. Children are two to three times more likely than adults to get sick with the flu, and children frequently spread the virus to others.”

For elderly people, newborn babies, pregnant women, and people with certain chronic illnesses, the flu and its complications can be life-threatening. Although most people recover from the illness, CDC states that “between 3,000 and 49,000 Americans die from the flu and its complications every year.”

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Safety- Trailer Damage

by Natalie P.8. December 2014 09:00

 

The #1 reason the structural integrity of a trailer becomes compromised is weakness and/or damage at the top and/or bottom rails.  Accidents, damage to customers’ freight and the company’s equipment can be prevented if defects and deficiencies are identified and reported for repair in a timely manner.  It is each driver’s responsibility to perform thorough pre- and post-trip inspections as required by D.O.T. regulations and U.S. Xpress. Thanks for helping!

 

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Food for Thought

by Natalie P.5. December 2014 09:00

Do you know what you are eating when you grab the quick snack from vending?

 

You don’t have to deny yourself the things you love, but know the facts and enjoy in moderation. Knowledge is power!

Here are a few examples comparing an “actual serving”  to “the whole package or container” :

 

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Owner Operator Anniversaries

by Natalie P.4. December 2014 09:00

 

We would like to take a moment to recognize the following Owner Operators who have partnered with us for 5+ years and had their anniversaries at U.S. Xpress November 1st- 30th. We appreciate all you have done and continue to do! Here’s to many more!

 

 to many, many more!

 

MARY LADE

27

LUTHER BEUTLER**TO

13

MARIA DEMPSTER

7

MARTIN DEMPSTER

7

CLARENCE LEWIS

6

JAMES MARTIN

5

AMY FRAZIER

5

 

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Driver Earns $4,000 and Counting With Driver Referral Progam

by Natalie P.3. December 2014 09:00

Driver Earns $4,000 and Counting with Driver Referral Program 

 

  

Refer drivers to U.S. Xpress and get $1,000, $5,000, $10,000 or more! It's up to you how much you can make. The more drivers you refer, the more bonuses you get!

Driver Theresa Painter has earned $4,000 and continues to earn more. She recently shared, “I’m very excited with the money I have earned with the driver referral program. It’s put a lot more money in my pocket. I was able to buy my mom and dad a car, and my future money I get from the program, I will probably save it to take them on a vacation.” Listen to Theresa’s advice and get all of the details on the program here, http://www.usxreferralprogram.com

 

 

Earn the below for every driver that we hire from your referral:

 

  • $3,000 for every team
  • $1,000 for every Solo
  • $250 for every CDL student driver

 

 

 

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