FMCSA looking into detention
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Well I'm sure they will make some more laws, that shippers, and consignees will not follow.
As usual only truckers need to follow regulations made.
But not the producers of the goods shipped.
Start paying us the second we arrive till we leave, and how about just like lumper fees we get paid before we leave the property or the pay clock keeps running.
They’d stop using us as mobile storage, they would off load the trailer and then break it down.
“I’m sorry UNFI you don’t have the correct code. The clock keeps running until I get paid so you’d better get a new comcheck for the additional amount.”
How about adding that if they overload or misload a trailer and it’s not DOT legal for the delivery state they pay a rework fee to us plus a time and money compensation.
And while I’m dreaming DOT should fine states that have really ####ty roads for not keeping up on them while we still pay astronomical use/fuel taxes. And yes this includes my great state of California.
I guess that their looking into it is better than not looking into it but I'm not holding my breath.
As soon as the DRIVE-Safe Act goes through, letting 18 year olds operate interstate CMV's, the problem will be solved, at least as far as those in power are concerned.
Nobody cares about detention in terms of how it affects us. They only care about it in terms of how it affects them.
If being detained costs you a hot meal, or a shower, a day off, or a next load... no problem.
BUT! If excessive detention reduces the supply of ready trucks, then shippers can't get their products out. That's a problem.
Read the OP's linked article. It doesn't even mention lost time and only includes lost wages on the last three lines of the whole article.
And that's an article in Landline!
What do you think Newsweek would have printed?
The FMCSA just gave the green light on 18 year old drivers out here to help "solve the driver shortage problem"... You know the one that doesn't exist...
I would have no faith on them doing anything positive for the drivers out here with regards to detention at shippers...
Well of course they are looking at this from the safety aspect and trying to tie delays at the shipper or receiver to rates of accidents.
When they talk about the Lost revenue for trucks and the loss of loads etcetera that's just extra information that came along with what they're looking at. I think they really could care less.
My first initial impression when I looked at the article was that they were going to try to figure a way for you to not be able to log off duty at the shipper or receiver because that delay time is what they are tying into the accident rates.
It's a shame that no one can do anything about detention time. Freight would move more quickly, carriers would make more money, shippers and receivers would even do better because the rates would be steadier because the supply chain would run more smoothly.
Then they need to do something about double and triple brokering...
This is a shining example of how a government agency lurches to and from a problem that cannot be solved. Re: Shipper and receiver abuses of drivers and so forth. There is no point in addressing them all here. Not enough word count. Although could make several posts but think the wails of anguish must rise from the long suffering trucker.
That's not for you and me in the end. Shippers and Recievers continue to do whatever the hell they feel like doing, you don't matter.
I tried to minimize that as much as possible by hauling really good freight that cannot be abused in this manner.
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