14 things we learned about private truck fleets
Canada’s private fleets have offered further insights into their activities, with the release of the fifth annual benchmarking survey conducted by the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC) and supported by the U.S.-based National Private Truck Council (NPTC).
When it came to acquiring the power units, 54% of the private fleets combined leases and purchases, while 33% focused on ownership, and 13% preferred leasing.
Eighty-two per cent of maintenance work was outsourced, leaving just 18% handled in house. “[That’s] probably driven by the technician shortage, the technical quality of technicians you have on staff,” Moore says, referring to a potential reason.
Of those who leave, 39% go to another driving job, but 37% are retiring. The remainder were shown the door for disciplinary reasons.
It was the third year in a row that the average driver age was over 50. The average newly hired driver was over 30.
Forty-seven per cent of new drivers were coming from other private fleets, while 42% came from the for-hire sector.
But those who work behind the wheel also see extensive benefit packages. All surveyed fleets offered medical and dental coverage, with 89% offering bereavement counseling, holidays, vision care, short-term disability, and pensions.
Also, 94% offered life insurance, and 83% had long-term disability coverage. “You all provide very generous benefits,” Moore says.
Just 22% of surveyed fleets were looking for such opportunities last year, down from 44% in the 2018 benchmarking survey.
Surveyed private fleets handled 60% of their outbound loads in 2020, with 29% of the freight going to for-hire carriers, 9% to third parties, and 1% to rail. Of the 55% of outbound loads heading to retail locations, there were about 7.8 stops per route, down from 11.3 stops a year earlier.
Fifty percent have an incident response plan, and an equal share are conducting ongoing reviews.
Of the tools that are being leveraged to reach related goals, 62% of surveyed fleets are using anti-idling devices, and 38% are using trailer skirts.
Medium-duty fleets averaged 7.9 mpg (29.77 L/100 km), compared to the 6.75 mpg (34.85 L/100 km) recorded by heavy-duty fleets.
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