6 Aug 02

A while back we asked Getloaded members how bad detention times have gotten for their businesses. No surprise: It's bad. Our sister company, DAT TruckersEdge, just did a much more thorough survey about detention times. They found that 63% of truckers spend an average of more than 3 hours every time they're waiting to get loaded or unloaded.

That's a problem. 

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257 carriers and 50 brokers responded to the DAT TruckersEdge survey

In fact, of the 257 carriers that participated in the survey, the vast majority of them said that detention is one of the top 5 problems facing their companies. DAT also surveyed 50 brokers and found that carriers are twice as likely to receive detention fees when brokers are able to collect from the shipper.

You can read more about the survey results on the TruckersEdge blog, which also includes weekly updates on where rates are going up, where they're going down, and other news and info to help you make more money. You can also sign up for their monthly newsletter for owner-operators.

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I been at so many places where they dont even treat you right and they be free after finishing half of the load and walking around in side the warehouse when i walk in, i have to ask them if they can get the rest of the load off. More than 60% of the time they dont even give us detention at all.

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tom mcdonald
tom mcdonald

As I do mostly custom loads with a stepdeck , detention time isn't as big an issue as calling about posted loads and finding out that they were covered and not removed from the load board. The brokers blame it on getloaded but sometimes I really doubt them. Also not posting useful info about the loads is very frustrating.

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John maloney
John maloney

Even in cases where youre detained at shipper for up to 7/8 hours making it impossible to deliver on time the next day , you'll be told you were late and all detention is forfeit. E-logs will help but not for a while after the disruption sinks in. If you look at the trucks at one of these places, youll see all the trucks are on paper. Half of us will lose our businesses when we go e- log. Due to shippers and receivers . It's a shame the big outfits will gain market share out of bad shippers and receivers

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Detainment is a serious problem in the industry for most drivers. The reefers are the one that can expect the longest wait time. Shippers call in a load load that is supposelly ready only to find out it's just got out of the field and hasn't been cooled yet that's a 24 hr process then it has to be gassed this is the reason I no longer load produce. Van freight is almost as bad. Call in a load that is still being processed either they had a line breakdown or something on the line the truck gets there and has to wait for it to come off the line be shrink wrap and then loaded. Being in this industry for 25 yrs as driver and dispatcher, broker I ask a potential customer about detainment if they say they don't pay it I move on. So now I load flats there seems to be less problems in this area but, it's not full proof but, I have no problem getting detainment from them. I guess from the broker side it's how desperate your for freight. I don't have that problem as I know my shippers on a personal bases. When the elog become law I do believe we will see a big change in shippers because they will be held accountable.

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BillyBobJoeRayBob III,Jr.
BillyBobJoeRayBob III,Jr.

When I hauled reefer back in the 90's, 4-6 hours was the norm for frozen. Now with dry van, its about 1-2 on avg. I run under my own authority and negotiate with brokers on detention rates, usually I start out with detention pay rate is $225 per hour, starting at 2 hours. If time goes over 4 hours, then all time from arrival is retroactive. If time reaches 8 hours, detention pay is still effective and I have the option to refuse the load. If any detention pay is incurred, all scheduling is null and void until agreement is made by the carrier and driver that the load can legally and safely be delivered. Sorry guys, but $55 per hour may be MY paycheck, but I have tractor/trailer payments, insurance, taxes, accountants, DOT licensing, blah blah blah. Those bills don't stop tallying just because I'm sitting, so you're gonna pay me or load me, I don't care which. I want my detention pay to be a deterrent to keeping me from sitting and it works. If the broker won't go at least $150 in my carrier broker contract and agree to the terms, I won't haul for them.

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Charles jr
Charles jr

I got out of van,reefer work it's been times I say for more than 24hours waiting on produce and didn't get paid extra for waiting around,now I'm flatbedding and 90 percent of the time I'm I'm and out.   Rates aren't the best and it's more work with tarping but waiting to be loaded/unloaded on top of deadheading is bad and frustrating.      Take you all day to get loaded then your burned out trying to make up time by running all night. Hope I never go back to van work

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