Shippers, carriers must work together to solve detention crisis

High detention times have plagued the industry for years. The impact that wait times have on carriers and drivers – including lost time, money and safety – are well documented. Shippers, however, continue to have misconceptions about wait times and their overarching impacts on the industry as a whole. 

“The first is the misconception that accessorial or detention pay makes a driver or carrier whole,” said Kevin Nadeau, founder and president of True Load Time. “Oftentimes, on the carrier side,...

Are driver wait times nullifying carrier pay increases?

As carriers continue to try to attract drivers by enticing them with more pay, delays caused by disruptions in the supply chain that show no signs of letting up could be eating away at those incentives.

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) points out that while there is no standard definition of “excessive detention” in the trucking industry, it is generally accepted that any delay over two hours is reasonably defined as excessive.

Where carriers are able to negotiate...

Fighting excessive detention time focus of TCA webinar

Did you know that according to FreightWaves, the bill for uncompensated detention in the trucking industry could be as high as $25 billion in lost productivity and economic opportunity?

Is your company ready to tackle this issue head-on? TCA and True Load Time are ready to help.

Make plans to attend a 90-minute immersive workshop scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, July 22 as True Load Time, Inc.’s Founder and CEO Kevin Nadeau, Director of Operations Shawn Kitchen, and Executive Consultant/Analyst...

Momentum building to slash detention times

Idle hands may be the devil’s workshop, but idle trucks don’t work for anybody.

Driver detention is the downtime in hauling that befalls truckers at pickup or delivery locations. Everyone in the industry dreads delays, especially expensive ones, and detention costs do enormous harm to the bottom line.

In fact, driver detention times have become such a pressing issue that even U.S. lawmakers are urging the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to address the matter.

The $494 billion...

Shippers urge feds to consider 14-hour driving rule change

A coalition of shippers that includes Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO), The Home Depot (NYSE: HD) and Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE: PG) is pushing regulators to roll out a split-duty pilot project to allow drivers to get more productivity out of their workday.

The Safer Hauling and Infrastructure Protection (SHIP) Coalition asserts that the “Split Duty Period Pilot Program” being considered by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) – which gives drivers the option to pause the 14-hour driving...

Shared truckload ‘fast pass’ offers path to greater profitability

Shared truckload is gaining industry momentum, thanks to the multitude of benefits the model offers shippers and carriers alike. This uptick in shared loads should prompt companies to consider how their dock operations can be optimized for maximum efficiency.

Despite the potential for higher pay and more consistent loads, some carriers are hesitant to get involved with shared truckload. This is partially due to hassles – like long wait times and uncontrollable delays – that threaten their...

COVID-19 study finds disaster plan readiness linked to fleet size

Fleet size directly correlates with whether a carrier has a disaster plan in place to deal with emergencies such as a long-term pandemic, according to a new trucking industry study.

The study, released Tuesday by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association Foundation (an affiliate of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association), found that most owner-operators and trucking firms do not have a formal disaster plan, and of...

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