A reader sees a need for mandatory detention pay to protect the small business trucking life from the continuing encroachment of big-business competition and government regulation in the form of tightening hours and EOBRs.
In a poll of owner-operators at OverdriveOnline.com, more than 60 percent of respondents called the potential for better income the chief attraction of expediting. More on pay in part 2 of this series.
Readers voices views on the issue of uncompensated detention time at shipper and receiver facilities, an agreed-upon top problem for driver and owner-operators today.
Morris Finley hauls expedited freight (mostly auto parts destined for final air leg to assembly plants) in and around Nashville, Tenn., in a 2012 two-skid-capable Nissan NV2500 high-top cargo van.
"They can ping your truck within six inches but they can't pay you mileage? Who the hell do I write a letter to? It's going to be scathing and probably contain *!?! at least once.”...
Carriers like Nussbaum Transportation (dry van), Melton Truck Lines (flatbed) and TWT Refrigerated are boosting pay in new ways to attract owner-operators and company drivers.
A chance meeting with expedited driver Don Lanier yields insights into the segment.
Sign up to get Overdrive's daily newsletter.