Commentary: Detention Policies Need To Change In 2018

(Last Updated On: February 14, 2018)


From Chad Boblett – Boblett Brothers, Rate Per Mile Masters:

I am so hoping that 2018 will be the year when detention policies and practices change.

Some amount of detention may be unavoidable, and the broker can’t always influence what happens at the shipper’s or receiver’s dock. But carriers and drivers can still ask for fair treatment, including fair compensation for long delays.

What’s reasonable and fair?

Current industry standard: Usually, the first two hours of waiting time are unpaid. Then the carrier gets $50 per hour for all hours after the first two. That means that when I sit at the dock for three hours, I’ll average $16.67 an hour.

Doing the math: I recently priced a new truck at $170,000, and last year I paid about $30,000 for a new trailer. That $200,000 worth of equipment and myself – an experienced, professional, certified CDL operator – will be sitting in a dock for only $16.67. That is not a good return on my investment or my time.

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