My Wait Time
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Furthermore, a September 2011 article entitled "Driven Mad: Trucking Industry Collapsing Under Regulation: Foolish laws are hampering America's lifeblood industry, and making drivers more tired to boot" states:
... From the AJC dispatch:
The Department of Transportation's Hours of Service regulation, written to prevent accidents caused by driver fatigue, is one example. The rule says CMV drivers may only work 14 hours a day - 11 actually driving - and the driver must keep a logbook of the total hours spent driving and resting. It sounds sensible, but the regulation doesn't account for the reality of the road.
You got drivers going into these places to load, and sat eight to ten hours. That's on the clock," said [Western HiWays Trucking Safety Director Doug] Grove. "If they sit there eight hours, they can only drive three hours. If we didn't get our mileage in, it don't matter. Once your 14 hours are up, it's up."
Yes, your Hours of Service may be done, but we're giving you the means by which to do something about it. You see, we can empathize...
We wrote about one of Mike's experiences (Vicki riding with him) in being delayed at a receiver for over 26 hours and being compensated for only part of his time. That is the only time that that kind of a lengthy wait time ever happened to us. (Thank goodness!)
By way of background, Mike's at-that-time trucking company had a wait time policy. It used to be that the first four hours of waiting was "on the driver."
Then the company made a good move and narrowed the wait time window to two hours before detention pay kicked in (assuming the driver arrived by the appointment time).
By "detention pay" or "wait time pay," we mean once the wait time window closes a certain amount of money is paid to the driver every hour until the product is either loaded onto or unloaded from the trailer the driver is pulling, as the case requires.
We're sure that each trucking company has its own customized wait time policy.
While drivers may be giving feedback to their companies about their wait time -- how long they are being detained at facilities in the course of their work -- sometimes it seems that that feedback is falling on deaf ears.
Nothing ever changes if no one "on the inside" is going to bat for you. Sometimes even the best methods of persuasion don't make so much as a dent in the problem.
We explained previously that some truckers are being exploited by unscrupulous trucking companies. Well, another aspect of that exploitation is expecting drivers to just "take it" without appropriate compensation when it comes to wait time. Does that describe you and your situation?
When it comes to fixing this problem once you've tried doing so through your trucking company, there are at least a couple of ideas:
The Power of Documentation
Perhaps you're aware of the power of documentation and creating a "paper trail." Doctors do it, attorneys do it, even trucking companies do it. Evidence matters.
Records must be kept on some things. Records should be kept on other things.
Manufacturers of quality products issue warranties; consumers are encouraged to retain their receipts and warranty info, should they need it at a later time to replace or repair an item. We personally retain documents on certain things that we pay for with time or money, especially large ticket items.
It's Time to Speak Up
We believe that it is time for professional truck drivers to speak up and be heard regarding how much wait time they are being required to spend waiting on loads to be loaded or unloaded.
Until the powers that be truly understand the gravity of the problem, they may not be willing to do anything about it. Enter the power of the Internet and digital documentation.
Below, we are providing the means by which you as a professional truck driver may document your wait time or detention time.
Realize up front that if you as a professional truck driver utilize this technology, you may be putting your job on the line. The risk is totally yours.
In some locations, drivers may be released from employment for whatever reason a trucking company determines, and there's not much that can be done about it. Be aware that reporting wait time below may or may not be covered under protections for "whistleblowers."
Still, don't you deserve to be heard?
The Guidelines We Require
What We Will Do
Please do the following:
Your name (first and last preferred) or initials:
Your trucking company's name:
Shipper's name and location:
Date and time load assigned:
Pick-up appointment date and time at shipper:
Transit time required to arrive at shipper:
Arrived at shipper date and time:
Loaded at shipper date and time:
Total wait time at shipper (hh:mm):
Delivery appointment date and time at receiver:
Transit time required to arrive at receiver:
Arrived at receiver date and time:
Unloaded at receiver date and time:
Total wait time at receiver (hh:mm):
Hours must wait before wait time pay starts:
Per-hour wait time pay:
Total amount wait time pay owed (hours x $/hour):
Actual amount wait time paid (hours x $/hour):
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