Posted on 29 Feb, 2016
Categories: Trucking Business
Last month we asked truckers how bad detention times have gotten. The reader poll included two questions: How often are you detained for more than 2 hours, and how often do you collect a detention fee?
We got a huge response, and most of your votes and comments confirmed what we already thought – detention is still a big drain on small businesses.
Out of more than 800 votes, about 30% said that they're detained half the time. That makes it hard to manage your hours of service and schedule your next pickup.
Detention fees can help ease the pain a little bit, but they don't make up for missing your next load. Unfortunately, it looks like you're lucky if you're even able to collect a fee; 41% said that they're rarely paid one.
For those of you who are rarely detained and almost always collect a fee, got any negotiating tips to share? Do you avoid certain shippers because of detention times? Let us know in the comments.