does anyone have an incentive program to recognize good drivers? If so, can you share the details and any lessons learned? Thank you!
I'm responding on behalf of sswyter, who wrote:
You should make sure that vehicles are assigned to drivers and a cash bonus at the end of the year or the best drivers get the newest vehicles. The cash bonus is determined ahead of time and every ticket, dent, missed preventive maintenance is deducted from the bonus. You can work with your auto insurance provider to help determine bonus amount. With fewer accidents and better drive policies, you may be able to lower your rate and raise your auto deductible with fewer dents and accidents, lowering your auto premium. Your bonus could therefore be cost neutral.
First step is to create a vehicle check-in sheet. The sheet could include basic info like vehicle number, date, mileage, etc. Use this for the driver to notate any dents, dings, scratches. A section for preventative maintenance reminders based on mileage or time (just pick 1 method – either or) and a section for notes. The note section is for the driver to note any noises or problems with the car.
The check-in sheets could be completed and submitted weekly. Each month, the manager needs to inspect the vehicle. The culture you are seeking to develop is for drivers to be responsible for their vehicles condition and image. Also, check with your auto insurance provider whether they have a program where a certain number of DMV driver reports can be run for free. If possible, run these driver reports quarterly and factor this into the bonus plan.
Hope this helps!
I'm responding on behalf of lead technician, JFortuin, who wrote:
We have a Safety Incentive Program at our municipality. Our drivers start with a given dollar amount and for each infraction the driver is awarded points. Too many points and the bonus is reduced and or eliminated all together. We found that overtime drivers stopped reporting accidents or injuries and this has lead to several issues. We are currently deciding to keep or eliminate this program. The drivers are hired to safely operate the fleet equipment. If that is not possible then a poor review or termination may be required.
I'm responding on behalf of delivery manager, skeaser, who wrote:
We offer several incentives for our drivers. One of which is an attendence bonus. We pay our drivers an extra $150 per month if they do not call in sick and when they report for work on time through the whole month. We started this program in January 2011 and it has almost eliminated sick calls altogether. In addition, we have a safety incentive that is paid out every three months.
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