Look af­ter your staff to get youths driv­ing

Big Rigs - - OPIN­ION - — Beg­gsy Beggs

GET­TING young peo­ple into the in­dus­try doesn’t need to be hard. Pay them prop­erly. If they’re do­ing long-haul work and are sleep­ing in the truck, they’re at work while they’re sleep­ing in their work­place.

So pay them a fair al­lowance for that pe­riod.

Give them bonuses for re­duc­ing fuel us­age, go­ing for pe­ri­ods with­out dam­ag­ing equip­ment or freight, earn­ing pos­i­tive feedback from cus­tomers etc.

Get them home for at least two days/nights a week.

Give them well­main­tained equip­ment with le­gal loads and fair sched­ules so they don’t get has­sled by au­thor­i­ties.

Give them proper training in how to op­er­ate the truck they’re driv­ing. Not just see their li­cence and throw them a set of keys.

Let the kids go on runs with their par­ents or rel­a­tives like they used to. Get the diesel in their veins.

The good op­er­a­tors are al­ready do­ing a lot of this stuff and they’re at­tract­ing and keep­ing driv­ers.

Yes it in­volves charg­ing fair rates, work­ing with in­sur­ance com­pa­nies and pay­ing more.

But at the end of the day you’ll at­tract and keep bet­ter op­er­a­tors who treat the gear, the freight and your cus­tomers bet­ter and use less fuel. So you’ll ac­tu­ally come out in front.

In short, treat them like pro­fes­sion­als.

PHOTO: KEVIN FARMER

GIVE THEM A CRACK: We need to give young driv­ers a place to learn the trade.

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