Swift ordered to pay CRST $15 million for recruiting drivers under contract

A jury has ruled that Swift Transportation (No. 3 in the CCJ Top 250) owes CRST Expedited (No. 17) more than $15 million for recruiting freshly licensed truck drivers who were locked into 10-month employment contracts with CRST. Swift did not return a request for comment on the lawsuit or whether it plans to appeal. In a complaint filed in March 2017, CRST alleged that Swift made repeated attempts to hire drivers who had completed CDL training via CRST’s in-house training program, which the carrier provides for free so long as drivers agree to drive for the company for at least 10 months after completing the training. Read more

C.R. England cuts driver turnover with emotional exchanges

On Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, the chief executive of C.R. England (CCJ Top 250, No. 22) secretly hired a new vice president. At the time, the Salt Lake City-based refrigerated carrier had been shopping around for a new business intelligence system for its office staff to “better support our drivers, particularly our new drivers,” says Chad England, chief executive. England hired Pam Wilson as vice president of process development to lead this effort. Her first few months on the job were not spent in the office, however. First, Wilson called driver recruiting and registered for C.R. England’s driving schoo Read more

DOT to delay verification protocol of entry-level driver training rule

The compliance date for two key provisions in a looming federal rule that sets training standards for new truck drivers will be delayed. In a proposal slated to be published Thursday, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will announce it intends to delay by two years — from Feb. 7, 2020, to Feb. 7, 2020 — the requirement that trainers upload drivers’ certification information into the agency’s database and the requirement that states confirm that CDL applicants have complied with the new training standards before allowing them to take a CDL skills or knowledge test. Read more

Nominations sought for annual Trucking’s Top Rookie award

Nominations are now open for the 2019 Mike O’Connell Trucking’s Top Rookie Award contest, presented by CCJsister publication Truckers News. Truckers News is looking for the best driver who has been behind the wheel for no more than a year. The winner receives $10,000 and a package of prizes. Nine other finalists will each receive $1,000 and prizes packages as well. Read more