how much is your layover pay?

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by longbedGTs, Sep 24, 2018.

  1. Dennixx

    Dennixx Road Train Member

    Feb 13, 2010
    twin cities
    I do 40 to 50 motel nights a year and since I don't know where I'll be when I'm out of hours I often stay at a pricier property (on purpose) and as a member of most of the frequent stayer clubs I've amassed enough points for at least 30 free nights which the wife thinks is a great perk.
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  3. 201

    201 Road Train Member

    Apr 16, 2014
    high plains colorado
    Not in trucking, pal. You want to be compensated for every minute you are in the truck, even when not driving, you picked the wrong profession. I realize times have changed, and nobody wakes up with a Peterbilt oval on their forehead anymore( sleeping over the wheel), but if you went into this job, thinking it's the same as some sales job, where they put you up at the Hilton for a weekend, you're sadly mistaken. I may be old school, but if I was the boss, I'd provide a sleeper and you can shower in a truck stop, this ain't no vacation,,,
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  4. sherlock510

    sherlock510 Road Train Member

    Jul 26, 2011
    Last company, layover was $100 a day and they weren't cheap about it. Didn't try cheating ya because the clock said 21 hours and not 24. If ya were available to work but there wasn't a load in the area, $100 for time wasted, simple.

    New company is $150 and it's never for 24 hours. There's been times where I'd deadhead 200 miles to a pickup and there was no load to grab.. $150 + miles for wasting my time. Bob tail 150 miles looking for a phantom empty? Need my $150, clock is burnt up and I can't run miles, simple.

    It's seems petty and I can admit drivers try gaming the system looking for layover as a lazy way to earn money. For those that run hard, layover pay is basically "sorry for the inconvenience."
  5. REO6205

    REO6205 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Feb 15, 2014
    That's exactly the way we do it. Most of our trucks are day cabs. We pay by the hour.
    A typical run is out one day, unload, lay over, and head back home the second day. When the driver lays over, the first ten hours are at no pay, just like they'd be if he was home.
    We pay motels and meals. Each driver carries a company credit card. When the layover starts he can start using the card to pay for his meals. The next day, after his layover, he can charge meals on the way back to the yard. This does not mean that he can stop ten miles from the yard and have another meal before he comes in. Most of the guys understand that.
    We'd rather the drivers didn't stay at the Hilton but we don't want them staying in some flea-bag either. On the meals,we've never had a driver actually order steak and lobster but I'm sure they've thought about it. Same as the motel, don't get fancy but don't eat junk either.
    At the end of ten hours the hourly pay kicks back in so, whether the truck is moving or not, the driver get's paid. It's up to us to keep that truck moving so we're not incurring any dead loss due to lack of miles. But...if the driver is sitting, away from home, and he's sitting because we didn't arrange to keep him moving, we pay the bill.
    With that kind of incentive we'll very rarely let a truck sit for any length of time. One of the benefits of being a local/regional company is that a lot of times we can run the truck back empty rather than waiting around for a cheap backhaul.
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  6. REO6205

    REO6205 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Feb 15, 2014
    That gave me good laugh. How 'bout drooling in your sleep and having the drool drip down under the horn button and shorting out the contacts and giving you a good zap in the mouth.
    I remember those days. I'm not sorry to see them gone.
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  7. Buckeye 60

    Buckeye 60 Road Train Member

    Apr 19, 2018
    use to take a power nap ... light a cigarette and put it in your fingers and put your head on the wheel and sleep for 10 minutes but oh what an alarm clock
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  8. GreenPete359

    GreenPete359 Road Train Member

    Oct 21, 2017
    Driving my recliner
    Nice set up. I applaud it. I pray no drivers get greedy and ruin it for everybody else, this is as generous as a deal as a company guy could ask for!
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  9. REO6205

    REO6205 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Feb 15, 2014
    Thanks. Most of the companies I know, small companies in our area, work things pretty much the same. If you want to keep good people you have to treat them right.
    On the driver's side, most of the guys have had enough bad jobs that they recognize a decent one when they see it. That helps.
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  10. longbedGTs

    longbedGTs Heavy Load Member

    May 8, 2007
    ...just wanted to highlight this bit for all the carriers(big and small) that may be reading this thread. Treat your money makers right and they will continue to make you money. Also, don't forget that it takes money to make money.
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  11. kratogen

    kratogen Bobtail Member

    Nov 29, 2020
    Do company drivers typically get Layover pay when the truck is down for maintenance?
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