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July 10, 2017 10:15 AM, EDT
Averitt Express Raises Pay for Regional LTL Drivers
Averitt announces driver pay increase John Sommers II for TT

Averitt Express Inc. has increased pay in an effort to recruit and retain drivers, a sign that the less-than-truckload sector of trucking is doing slightly better than the truckload side.

The regional LTL, which ranks No. 31 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest North American for-hire carriers, raised pay to 50 cents per mile for drivers with Averitt for more than 10 years and 48 cents for those with five to 10 years at the company.

New drivers will be paid 42 cents per mile but could reach 46 cents within eight months.

Averitt also announced it increased accessorial pay for detention, layovers, stops and local deliveries.

A spokesman for the carrier declined to provide details on the previous pay scale or the accessorial pay amounts.