Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Fuel Bonus Structure


Effective April 1, 2016.

To qualify, a driver must:

1.  Have an out-of-route percentage of 10% or less.

2.  Have at least 24,000 “paid” miles for the quarter.  “Paid” miles are your payroll miles reported on your weekly check stubs.

3.  Have NO accidents and NO service failures.

4.  Be employed at the time the fuel bonus is paid.

5.  Have all missing paperwork for the quarter turned in.

6.  Have all Vertical Alliance retrains and assignments for the quarter completed.

How it works:

If you achieve an MPG of 6.5 or above you will be paid per mile based upon the schedule below:

MPG                      Bonus
6.5-6.99               $.005/paid miles
7-7.49                  $.01/paid mile
7.50-7.99             $ .02/paid mile
 8+                       $ .03/paid mile
The bonus will be paid no later than the 3rd pay date in the month following the end of the quarter.  For example, the end of the 2nd quarter is June 30th; the bonus will be paid no later than the 3rd Friday in July.

 Team drivers are eligible for ½ of team miles.  For example, if a team runs 60,000 miles per quarter – each driver gets credit for 30,000 miles.

Trainers qualify based upon paid miles, but are paid on single equivalent miles. Ex: Trainer has 30,000 paid miles – 10,000 single miles & 20,000 team with a trainee.  He qualifies based upon his paid miles (30,000 which is greater than the qualifying 24,000), but will be paid the bonus on 20,000 (10,000 single + ½ of team 10,000)

If you have any questions about the program, please contact PTL’s Business Improvement Department at (800) 626-3374 Ext 712 or 714. 

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Navigo Feedback

Hello DRIVERS!!!! First off let me say Thank You to all those who have sent and continue to send Navigo feedback in. The information you provide helps us in Driver Services to better communicate information received to your fellow drivers. The feedback function located on the main screen of your Navigo is where you go to send us valuable information about our customers. For example:
·         if an address is incorrect
·         if there is over-night parking
·         if the loading/unloading entrances to a customer are different than where you have been directed to go.
Once a feedback is received, within a few minutes it goes to a designated email and those such as myself will be able to retrieve and print the information that is sent in. In driver services there are three members of our staff that work on feedbacks around the clock. We are pretty quick in reading them and making corrections to the POI (point of interest) that is provided.
Several of our drivers do send in feedback information. I personally thank you, the information that you provide is an asset. However, I would like to see more drivers taking the time to communicate through feedback. This lets your fellow drivers know about possible dock locations of the customer and how to get to them, if a customer has moved or has a different address. Most of all, is over-night parking allowed at this customer? The information provided is stored in many different areas of our database. When a driver calls in asking if over-night parking is allowed, there are instances where we are not sure, receiving that as a feedback will allow us to communicate that information in the future.
Thank you all for what you do for OUR GREAT company!!!!
~ Brent Melton – Driver Services
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Monday, September 26, 2016

Lifestyle Management Programs – Support for Tobacco Cessation, Stress Management and Weight Management. Individuals can engage via phone for one-on-one coaching experience, and/or online to learn at their own convenience. Telephonic coaching provides convenient evening and weekend hours and each enrollee will receive a program workbook and toolkit. Call 1-855-246-1873.
24 Hour Health Information Line – Confidential and convenient telephonic access to a registered nurse 24/7 to help determine the most appropriate steps for care, assist in navigation through the health care system. Call 1-800-Cigna24
MyCigna.com and Mobile App – Find doctors and medical services. See cost estimates for procedures and compare the quality of care ratings for doctors and hospitals. Manage and track claims. Print and view your medical id card.
Health Matters – Our health engagement platform that offers personalized support that will meet you where you are, so we can help you get to where you want to be. You can connect to the information, tools and inspiration you need to take charge of your health. Log into myCigna.com and click the “My Health” tab.
Chronic Condition Support – Connect with a dedicated health advocate to create a personal care plan to manage a chronic health condition and provide holistic support. Call 1-855-246-1873.
Cancer Support Program – This program helps individuals and their families who are touched by cancer. We offer information, assistance and care support for the entire experience – from diagnosis to treatment to remission. Call 1-800-Cigna24
TheraCare – Supports people taking specialty medication by helping them understand and manage their condition, medications and side effects. Call 1-800-633-6521
CoachRx – Provides personalized support for medication adherence. With the help of CoachRx, each person can find the approach that works for them. Call 1-800-835-8981
Preventive Care - Checkups, immunizations and screenings are an important part of staying healthy. They can help detect or prevent serious diseases and keep you in tip-top shape. Your primary care physician can help you coordinate what tests are right for you based on your age, gender and family history. In Network Preventive Care services are covered at 100%.
Emergency vs Urgent Care - If you need medical attention, but it’s not too serious or life threatening, you may not want to waste your time and money in an ER. An urgent care center provides quality care like an ER, but can save you hundreds of dollars. Average Emergency Room cost $1,553 vs Average urgent care center cost $135.
Convenience Care – Need to see your doctor but can’t get an appointment? Try going to a convenience care clinic. You’ll get quick access to quality and cost-effective medical care. A convenience care clinician can treat you for sinus infections, rashes, ear aches, minor burns and other routine medical conditions. You can find convenience care clinics in some grocery stores, pharmacies and other retail stores. To quickly find one in your area, log in to your mycigna.com mobile app. There is a $40 copay at the convenience care clinic.
Cigna Network Laboratories - If you need blood work done, you may go to the lab associated with your doctor’s office. If you’re at a hospital and need a pathology test, they may send you to the lab that’s right onsite. But did you know that if you go to a national lab such as Quest Diagnostics® or Laboratory Corporation of America® (LabCorp), you can save up to 75% and still get the same quality service? Even though other labs may be part of the Cigna network, you’ll get even bigger savings when you go Quest and LabCorp for your lab work.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Submission of Citations and Inspections

The FMCSA states in regulation §396.9 (d) (1) that the driver of a Commercial Motor Vehicle shall immediately mail, fax or otherwise transmit the inspection report to the carrier within 24 hours. PTL also requests that any citations and or written warnings be sent in within 24 hours.
With that being said, always make sure that the copies that you are sending in are clear and legible. If, during the inspection, you  receive a citation for any type of violation, you are also required to submit a copy of the citation (front and back) with the inspection report.
There are a couple of ways that you can submit these in a timely manner:
Fax to 270-753-1528 or 270-753-1530 ( ATTN: Gene Fielder). Either fax number will assure that the appropriate persons that handle these time sensitive documents will receive a copy.
Transflo the documents with a YELLOW DRIVER LOG COVER SHEET. This will come straight to driver services.  If sending only the citation or inspection sheet  do not use a barcode. Then on the QUALCOMM  press create message and enter 21, MESSAGE TO DEPARTMENT,  and place an ‘X’ next to the number 9. Enter the 16 digit confirmation code. The code will normally be a combination of letters and numbers i.e. LV01-2ab3-d45e-6fg7. There may or may not be any dashes.
Fax or scan both sides of the citation. Be sure to sign your name on the citation where required.
Out of service “FIX IT TICKETS”:
a.   All OOS inspection reports must be signed and dated by the repairer.
b.  CA inspection reports must be signed by the repairer and a DOT Officer before being sent in. Note: If receiving an overweight or over length citation after you correct the problem have the DOT or any law enforcement officer sign the back. This can reduce the fine to $25 in most cases.
If, for any reason, there is a problem or question, call Gene Fielder in Services at Ext. 335 for assistance.

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Friday, August 5, 2016


You, as a PTL employee, are a part of the Murray-Calloway County Blood Bank Donor – Group Program?
There are 2 blood drives a year, usually January and July. This year our second Blood Donor Drive will be in September.  Blood Drives are normally held at the South Lot in the main conference room from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm. If you are unable to participate during the scheduled time, you may stop by the MCCH any time Monday through Thursday, 7:00 am until 4:00 pm to donate blood. 
Drivers, if you are in Murray waiting for your truck to be serviced or just waiting and have transportation to the Murray Calloway County Hospital, your participation would be greatly appreciated; you are included in this benefit.
The urgency of the need for blood is dramatized by the fact that about 5 percent of the population of the United States supply all the blood required by persons who need blood and blood component transfusions.
Simply stated, it is a blood protection plan whereby   members of a group set up a program which allows you, PTL employee, to donate blood.
What are the advantages of group participation? Groups are offered benefits at a preferred rate of donations. Only a percentage of members of a group are required to donate. One member of a group not only covers himself and family members for a period of one year, but two to three other employees and their dependents who possibly cannot donate due to medical reasons.
Who is included in the group plan? You, your spouse, your children, your parents, your grandparents, your parents-in-law, your grandparents-in-law are all included for coverage when your group fulfills their obligation as agreed on the group plan.
Does membership in the plan cover all expenses related to transfusion? Your Membership eliminates the non-replacement fee charge for blood, but does not include technical-cross-matching and the administering cost incurred at the time of a transfusion.  Most insurance policies pay part or all of the technical and administrative costs.
If I am unable to give blood, will I be covered? Yes, As long as you are a member of a blood donor group and your group reaches their quota, you are covered.
Is the blood insurance restricted to the local hospital? No your coverage is good at over 4,000 American Association of Blood Banks hospitals across the United States.
Remember you are not giving blood you are giving the gift of LIFE! If you have questions contact Charlotte Cook in the HR Department or Janet at Murray Calloway County Hospital at 270-762-1119.


When do the fuel bonus quarters start and when do they payout?
Quarter 3: Started July 1st, Ends September 30th, Pays out October 21st.
Quarter 4: Starts October 1st, Ends December 31st, Pays out January 20th, 2017.
Can I get a fuel bonus as a trainee?
You absolutely can! However, it is a bit more difficult. Trainees usually spend a little more time off the road than OTR drivers as they transition from home to truck as well as moving through the training phases. The simple fact is that you have to come in and switch trucks twice before you go OTR and that transition mixed with going home can cause a slight hit on miles. More importantly, as a trainee you are new to the company and odds are you probably didn’t start the very first week of the quarter, thus you have lost that amount of time. For example if you start March 1st you shouldn’t even think about a fuel bonus because you would only have one month remaining to qualify and there is just no way to get that many miles in a month.
What if I don’t need fuel, do I have to stop at my fuel solution?
No, you do not have to stop at a fuel solution if you really don’t need fuel unless specifically told by someone that you do. NEVER fuel at a stop not in your fuel solution. As a rule of thumb, I would always call driver services if I were going to skip a fuel solution or needed fuel in an emergency situation. They can update your fuel solution to better accommodate your needs. If you skip a fuel solution and don’t call in, it will not affect your fuel compliance as long as your other stops are on your solution. However, it could cause a little bit of out of route miles because clicking your next stop on the dispatch function could take you a different way than what you may have gone had you stopped. Lastly, fuel compliance doesn’t affect your fuel bonus but is something that can be evaluated when submitting for a raise.
If my truck starts up to recharge my EPU batteries how can I keep my idle time down?
One thing we recommend is at the end of your run, before going to bed, if your batteries are not charged to 14.2 go ahead and let the truck idle to help charge your batteries all the way up. This may prevent the auto start feature from running as long or starting at all during the middle of the night. It will also allow you to get your cab to the desired temperature using the truck’s heat or air. Once desired temperature is achieved, pull the bunk curtains and engage the EPU system. It is made to maintain the sleeper temp not the entire cab. Also keeping the fan speed lower with the temperature set lower helps out. Parking in the shade when possible is also a good way to help as well. When using a microwave, crock pot, or coffee maker run the truck when using the device so it will not pull charge from the batteries. Lastly unplug things that do not have to be plugged in all the time.
How is home time calculated?
For each 6 days out you earn 1 day at home
Are weapons “guns” allowed in the truck?
No, DOT mandates states guns are not allowed in commercial motor vehicles, it is also a PTL policy not to have guns in the truck.
Can my child be a passenger inside of my truck?
No children under the age of 18 are allowed inside of the truck at any time. Call the Safety Department for passenger authorization
Can I have a dash mounted cell phone holder to record video while I’m driving?
Yes, you can have one, but remember if you are pushing buttons on the phone and are stopped by the police, the officer can still write you a citation for using a hand held device.
What is the payout structure for the sign on bonus?
Once a driver has gone solo they get the first $250 when they get 2,500 paid miles, another $250 at 30,000 paid miles, and the last $500 when they reach 60,000 paid miles. This takes roughly 6 months.
What are the miles needed for the driver referral bonus?  
There are two different types of driver referrals, experienced and trainee. You will always need to notify PTL recruiting with the driver’s name prior to their hire.
Experienced - If a company driver refers an experienced driver to come drive for us, they receive the following bonuses at their respective checkpoints: $250 when the referred driver reaches 2,500 dispatched miles; $250 when the referred driver reaches 30,000 dispatched miles; $250 when the referred driver reaches 60,000 dispatched miles.
If either driver quits during the 60,000 mile period, the referral bonus will not be paid.
Trainee - If you refer a new trainee, you will receive a one-time bonus of $100.00 when the trainee accepts their 1st dispatch in the P2 phase of training.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Cargo Theft in 1st Quarter of 2016

The number of truck cargo thefts in the U.S. increased in the first quarter of the year but the average value of each heist declined, according to a new report from the logistics security services provider FreightWatch International.
It recorded a total of 221 cargo thefts, an increase of 13% from the fourth quarter of 2015 and up 8% compared to the first quarter of last year. However, the average loss value per incident fell to $112.467, down 13% from the previous quarter and a 56% decline from a year earlier.
The decline in the average loss value, according to FreightWatch, is likely due to it recording no theft valued at more than $1 million in this latest quarter, versus two in the final quarter of 2015 and seven in the first quarter of last year.
It recorded a dramatic increase in the theft of building and industrial products by 222% from the fourth quarter of 2015 and by 263% from the first quarter of last year. FreightWatch also noted a correlation between geographical surges in stolen building supplies in states where the housing market continues to grow, most notably in Texas.
California ranked as the top state for cargo theft with 21% of total thefts, followed by Texas with 15% of heists. Florida ranked a close third with a 66% increase in thefts from the final quarter of 2015 followed by New Jersey at 13% and Georgia with 7% of thefts to round out the top five. Alabama made a notable appearance, ranking seventh with only 3% of total thefts but it experienced a 600% and 250% increase, from the 2015 fourth and first quarters, respectively, as 43% of its thefts were in the building and industrial category.
The most prevalent location for large-scale cargo thefts continued to be unsecured parking areas, identified in 89% of incidents in which a location type was declared. Thefts from warehouse/distribution center location types came in second with 6% of thefts and secured parking areas accounted for 5% of thefts.
·         Watch what you say: Don’t tell everyone what you’re hauling or where you’re heading. This includes social media and CB chatter.
·         Watch where you park: Try to park in well-lit, busy truck stop areas near buildings, fueling islands and restaurants. Backing up to buildings, fences and other trailers can make it harder for thieves to open your trailer doors.
·         Always be aware of your surroundings: This means always being aware of what’s around you whether you’re moving or parked. If you think someone is following or tailing you, try slowing down and switching lanes to see what happens.
·         Always padlock your trailer!