What is it?
This index captures the total number of active drivers for each active non-driver. “Non-drivers” include all operations and admin personnel, but does not include shop personnel (technicians, service, admin). The count of drivers and non-drivers account for both part-time and full-time employees and independent contractors. For part-time, the counts are reported on a FEL basis (Full Time Equivalent). The carriers reporting the data for this index are participants in Truckload Carriers Association’s TPP program.
Formula: (Driver Count) / (Non-Driver Count)
Who is interested?
Anyone that has an interest in freight movement patterns. i.e. Shippers, freight brokers, fleet managers, executives in a transportation company, owner operators.
What does it tell me?
This index shows the degree of operating leverage carriers have within their respective businesses. The higher the number, the more operating leverage the company has. This index is highly dependent on operating mode, as some operating modes require a higher number of admin and operations personnel relative to driver counts. Higher values within a specific operating mode indicate better utilization of technology and sophistication of admin and operations personnel.