MCDONOUGH, GEORGIA (February 28, 2022) – American truck drivers have recently been organizing convoys to Washington, DC to make their voice heard to our political leaders. Bennett supports the rights of all Americans to exercise free speech and their right to assemble to express their views, especially truck drivers, who are the lifeblood of our business.
Through our agreements with independent contractors and owner operators, Bennett provides safe, reliable transportation services to valued customers across the United States. While we believe strongly in our Patriotism Core Value and support the free will of our Driver Force, we also adhere strongly to our customer commitments.
Over the weekend, an independent contractor for Bennett used a Bennett-owned trailer and a customer-owned truck to join a protest convoy and publicize his involvement. The subsequent actions taken by Bennett and our customer were captured on social media. These actions included:
- Our customer requesting the removal of protest-related stickers from their equipment.
- Our customer requesting return of the equipment to the nearest convenient facility.
- The contractor safely returning the equipment to a truck stop.
- Bennett offering to pay for the contractor to fly home.
- The contractor electing to terminate his contract with Bennett during our discussions with him over return of the Customer’s truck.
While Bennett supports contractors and owner operators’ rights to protest on their own time, it is against company policy to use company, or customer equipment to participate, or to participate when loaded with customer freight, in such protests.
We continue to monitor the situation and pray for the peaceful, meaningful results American truck drivers deserve.
About Bennett Family of Companies
McDonough-Ga.-based Bennett Family of Companies are woman-owned, Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)-certified, diversified transportation and logistics companies. Through its twelve affiliated operating companies, the Bennett Family of Companies delivers integrated transportation and supply chain management solutions worldwide. For more information, visit www.bennettig.com.