How do you handle detention as an Owner Operator?

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  1. SoulScream84

    SoulScream84 Road Train Member

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    So for you ladies and gentlemen, how do you address the concern of detention without the backing of a major conglomerate? I've considered printing up some trailer control sheets to place with my BOLs requiring an in/out time & date along with a print/ sign, due to the scribbling I've seen some customers doing on the BOL. Anyone have other things they've tried and had success with?
     
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  3. Midwest Trucker

    Midwest Trucker Road Train Member

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    Pink paper, folded in half, either stick it in their locker or hand straight to them. Require parent signature.

    (Kidding)
     
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  4. SoulScream84

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    I tried that route, now their mothers keep calling wanting me to forgive their innocent lil ####s.
     
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  5. Dino soar

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    Here's what I think about detention. It all depends on the broker.

    Try to get enough money for the load that if your detained a little bit it's OK if you don't get detention.When you are going to be delayed call the broker one hour before detention starts. Most brokers will tell you to keep track of your in-n-out times on the Bol or the facility will write The Times in.

    If a broker doesn't pay you for detention don't use him again. You will find some brokers that will give you detention and send you a new rate con quickly.
     
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  6. SoulScream84

    SoulScream84 Road Train Member

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    Thanks for the advice, I'm wanting to get to the point where I'm booking 1-2 loads in advance, but not until I get to seeing some repeat customers to have a better feel. It's not as major an issue when running and getting paid dirt for detention, I'm sure I'll have more questions for you big Dawgs in the near future.
     
  7. Mike250rs

    Mike250rs Medium Load Member

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    Do you have tracking on either trailer or tractor?

    That is what we use quite often along with times on BOL.
     
  8. SoulScream84

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    No tracking.
     
  9. bad-luck

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    When booking a load, discuss detention with the broker. Find out how when detention starts, whether it be after 2 hours or after 3. Find out what they pay per hour for detention, and what is the max, most are $250. I will not book a load that doesn't pay detention! Make sure detention is out lined in the conformation.
    Make sure you get in and out times with signatures AND initials. When detention time approaches call and send an email. Remember if its not in writing it does not exist...
    This is about all you can do, and sometimes you really have to stay in the broker to get paid for detention.
     
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  11. SoulScream84

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    That is an awesome parody.
     
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