Carriers grappling with solutions for uncompensated detention
Sixty-five percent of drivers and owner-operators reported detention caused them loss of pay by missing an opportunity for another load or late fees to the receiver.
The researchers noted detention had greater potential for lost revenue with owner-operators than company drivers. One of the factors noted was owner-operators use intermediaries to arrange for cargo and have less leverage to charge these fees.
Also, some leased owner-operator contracts do not pass this fee onto them, even if the carrier charges and collects it.
Last March, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said it will begin a multi-year study this fiscal year to examine wait time, which it expects to help indicate if federal action is warranted.
In 2011, a House bill was introduced that would require the Department of Transportation to create a maximum standard of time truckers could “reasonably” be detained by a shipper or receiver. It was referred to the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit with 12 co-sponsors.