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November 28, 2016

Zavcor Trucking Ltd. has reduced its accident frequencey rate by 75% through online training courses. (Photo courtesy of CarriersEdge)
Zavcor Trucking Ltd. has reduced its accident frequencey rate by 75% through online training courses. (Photo courtesy of CarriersEdge)

CarriersEdge, a provider of online safety and compliance training tools for the North American transportation industry, announced that Zavcor Trucking Limited is reporting significantly lower accident frequency, fine and violation rates, and improved fuel economy with its interactive training courses.

“We’re realizing savings in several ways by using CarriersEdge for training,” said Chrissy Trombley, H.R./ risk manager at Zavcor Trucking Limited. “Our accident frequency rate has dropped by 75%, fines and inspection violations are down over 95%, and fuel efficiency is 25% above the corporate target. There is also a payoff in the time we save using CarriersEdge to manage compliance for 60 drivers. Overall, we have a safer, better-trained pool of drivers with CarriersEdge for a relatively small investment.”

Zavcor Trucking adopted the online training about four years ago, according to CarriersEdge. Previously, the company employed traditional driver meetings and training sessions. Today, the company uses the CarriersEdge library of courses to train new drivers, including new hires without any driving experience, and for remedial and refresher training. Required courses include defensive driving and hours-of-service (HOS) and logbook instruction while drivers can request to complete additional courses for a financial reward.

“CarriersEdge helps us identify training deficiencies and focus on areas needing attention while not spending time on topics where a driver is already proficient,” Trombley stated. “Their adult learning approach to complex topics ensures drivers learn the material and is a gentle way to remind them about things they may have forgotten. It also keeps us compliant, and with CarriersEdge there’s always a focus on responding to our needs and to providing information that’s important in our operation, such as the new Border Crossing courses they just introduced.”

Zavcor Trucking Limited, based in Stevensville, Ontario, is a privately owned and operated transportation business that specializes in hauling temperature controlled and general freight to a growing list of shippers. The company offers services across Canada and into the U.S. with a fleet of 60 trucks.

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