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Safe Driving Rewards Program Issues Over $27 Million To Drivers

As safety becomes increasingly prevalent in the transportation industry, safe driving rewards programs are becoming more and more common. With drivers looking for opportunities to increase their earnings, companies are offering significant financial rewards to drivers who have a proven track record of safety on the road.

As the industry leader in safety, Bison Transport's Safe Driving Rewards Program (SDRP) was one of the first of its kind and has proven to be one of the most successful rewards programs in the transportation space. Established in 2005, Bison's SDRP has issued over $27 million in financial rewards to its Drivers since its inception.

 

Roger has completed over 3.25 million consecutive safe driving miles.

"The Safe Driving Rewards Program gives us a monetary incentive to focus on safety, working our way up the bonus scale mile by mile, with a sense of pride," said Roger Maltman, a Bison Driver who is on pace to reach 3.5 million safe driving miles this year.

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Tagged with: Bison, Canadian Trucking, Trucking, Bison Transport, Safety, Transportation, Careers

The Trump Effect on Trucking

I was in Boston, MA, during the recent U.S. election. As a Canadian, it was interesting to share such a cultural and political event with locals. On Wednesday morning, just hours after the polls closed, there was a lot of shock and despair but there were also many people who were relieved and excited to have a change in leadership. Regardless of which camp you see yourself in, new leadership in the White House is likely to create change.

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Tagged with: Business, Trucking, Bison Transport, Transportation

Canada/US Northeast Short Haul: Non-Stop In The Northeast

With a wide variety of lifestyle options, Bison works closely with our Drivers to find a run and schedule that best suits their needs. Recently, it has been our Canada/US Northeast Short Haul Fleet that is experiencing strong growth, and the reason is simple: our Drivers are making more and working less, so they’re able to spend more time at home with family and friends.

Nicolo “Tiny” Caleca, who has been driving with Bison since October 2008, recently made the move from Open Board to our Canada/US Northeast Short Haul Fleet and is really enjoying his new lifestyle.

 

Tiny recently switched to the Canada/US Northeast Short Haul Fleet and enjoys his new lifestyle.

 

“Before I switched I was running a 70-hour cycle and out for roughly two weeks at a time, so there were never really any set days off to be at home with the family,” Tiny said. “Now I have a steady start date and steady home time, so I get the weekend off and I can still have a social life and a family life.”

In addition to getting time off each week, our Canada/US Northeast Short Haul Drivers, who can be based out of Mississauga, Ottawa or Dorval, run round trips into the Northeast United States, meaning they are able to get home between runs every two or three nights.

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Tagged with: Career, Canadian Trucking, Trucking, Bison Transport, Culture, Safety, Road Stories, Careers, Canada/US Northeast Short Haul

Bison Launches 3-Trailer XLCV Configuration (April Fools!)

UPDATE: Thank you for all of your comments. While we are still highly focused on sustainability and safety we will not be launching the XLCV fleet. April Fool Day!!!”

Original Post Below:

Bison Transport is excited to announce the launch of its 3-Trailer Extra Long Combination Vehicle (XLCV) Fleet, effective immediately.

At over 160 feet in length, the three-trailer configuration is designed to improve fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The new configuration will also allow Bison to move more freight at greater speeds throughout the continent, improving our expedited operations and allowing us to better serve our diverse customer base. To the surprise of many, initial research has also proven that the three trailer configuration is the safest on the road, furthering Bison's reputation as North America's Safest Fleet.

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Tagged with: Manitoba Trucking Association, Bison, Canadian Trucking, Business, Trucking, Bison Transport, Technology, XLCV

Becoming North America's Safest Fleet: Our Safety Story

 

After building a foundation of industry-leading service throughout the 1970s and '80s, Bison made safety the focal point of its business in the '90s and has been recognized as North America's Safest Fleet 10 consecutive times since.

In an industry like ours, time is of the essence. With goods being moved all over North America, and all under tight deadlines, shippers, carriers and drivers are always under pressure to get a load to a destination on time. Sometimes, that means bending the rules and putting their drivers and their business at risk.

Today, there are still many carriers doing whatever they can get away with to get a job done and considering any fines that come with it to be the cost of doing business. Even at Bison, where we’ve been recognized as North America’s Safest Fleet for 10 consecutive years, there was a time many years ago when our safety protocol lacked.

That all changed in 1993, when Bison had its “day of reckoning.” The US Department of Transportation (DOT) did an audit and their findings were unsatisfactory. The result was immediate action from our owner, Duncan Jessiman, who stated that from that point on we would run a legal business. Gone were the days of fudging log books and bending the rules - skirting the boundaries was no longer an option.

But this was about more than just being legal, the new approach meant a complete culture change within our organization. Safety would no longer be viewed as a compliance requirement at Bison, it would become the focal point of our business.

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Tagged with: Bison, Canadian Trucking, Business, Trucking, Bison Transport, Culture, Safety, Driver Development, Skills Development

Be Recognized By The Most Recognized!

It’s been an exciting week at Bison, as we earned the TCA’s Grand Prize National Fleet Safety Award, were named 2016’s Overall Best Fleet to Drive For and have also been recognized by Forbes as one of Canada’s Best Employers of 2016.

The Forbes award makes Bison one of 250 employers who were chosen based on the results of an independent survey conducted among 8,000 Canadian employees working at large companies and institutions from 25 industry sectors. Employees were contacted anonymously online without the involvement of their employer.

Bison was the only trucking company to be recognized, and one of just 12 organizations on the list from the transportation sector.

We take a lot of pride in our people at Bison, and understand that none of the recognition we receive as an organization would be possible without the collective efforts of our incredible workforce, led by our Professional Drivers and Contractors.

With that in mind, Bison has created one of the industry’s most comprehensive Driver recognition programs. From safety incentives to mileage milestones, we’ve got you covered:

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Tagged with: Bison, Canadian Trucking, Business, Trucking, Bison Transport, Culture, Safety, TCA, Careers, Best Fleet to Drive For, Forbes, Top Canadian Employers

Celebrating Women at Bison

To celebrate women in the transportation industry, Bison is excited to share several stories from women who have had great success in our business. We encourage you to keep up with us as we continue share stories about women in trucking and work to expand the impact of women in trucking.

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Tagged with: Women with Drive, Women in Trucking, Bison, Canadian Trucking, Business, Women, Community, Trucking, Bison Transport, Culture, International Women's Day

ELD Mandate: Impact on Shippers

It’s clear to see that the impending electronic logging device (ELD) mandate will have a major impact on professional Drivers and their carriers, but how will it affect shippers?

Just as ELDs can be used to maximize efficiency gains for Drivers and carriers, shippers will also have an opportunity to increase their revenues by streamlining their processes.

With this new technology, a Driver’s clock can’t be stopped once it’s running, so shippers have to focus on how to maximize a Driver’s time to ensure loads can be delivered on-time and within the law.

Bending the rules is no longer an option, and pressuring a Driver to ignore hours of service regulations is certain to be a costly decision under the new mandate.

But more than just having an impact on the ability to move individual loads, the ELD mandate is likely to influence how shippers select carriers and vice versa.

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Tagged with: Canadian Trucking, Business, trucking regulation, Trucking, Bison Transport, ELD Mandate, Safety, Technology, ELDs, E-logs

Bison To Invest $1.6 Million Annually In Owner/Lease Operator Compensation

After introducing a base rate increase for Company Drivers in January, Bison is excited to announce base rate increases and a retooled Fuel Subsidy Program for Owner/Lease Operators, set to take effect on April 1, 2016.

Much like the Company Driver pay increase, this base rate adjustment is another example of our commitment to providing an excellent total compensation package, ensuring our Owner/Lease Operators are able to maximize their business' earning potential. 

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Tagged with: Trucking Careers, Bison, Canadian Trucking, Business, Trucking, Bison Transport, Culture, Base Rate Increase, Careers, Trucking Compensation, Lease Operators, Owner Operators

ELD Mandate: Impact on Carriers

Just as we’ve seen from Drivers, some carriers are also struggling to embrace electronic logging devices (ELDs) and their potential to increase efficiency.

For carriers who see ELDs as a pesky compliance requirement, the impending mandate will prevent them from bending the rules and putting drivers at risk in an effort to make a few extra bucks.

But for carriers looking to use this technology as an efficiency tool, ELDs present an opportunity to improve business performance. Using the data to better understand a Driver’s capabilities and working with Drivers to come up with plans that best suit their wants and abilities will quickly turn the technology into an effective fleet management system for your business.

When utilized as a fleet management system, ELD technology offers several benefits to carriers:

  • Reduced Paperwork: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA) reports that ELDs reduce the amount of time Drivers spend logging hours of service by over 20 hours per year, leading to $705 per driver, per year, in paperwork savings.
  • Lower Crash Rates: Drivers using ELDs see an 11.7% reduction in total crash rates compared to trucks without ELDs. The FMCSA calculates an average safety benefit of $187 per long-haul driver and $126 per short-haul driver, per year, in accident reduction savings.
  • Decreased Fuel Costs. The ability to monitor excessive idle times enables fleets to incentivize drivers that increase fuel efficiency.
  • Reduced Downtime. ELD users reported a 13% improvement in vehicle utilization according to studies by the Aberdeen Group.
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Tagged with: Canadian Trucking, Business, trucking regulation, Trucking, Bison Transport, ELD Mandate, Safety, Technology, ELDs, Careers, E-logs

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