No mileage pay in California

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  1. Copy Cat

    Copy Cat Bobtail Member

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    So I’ve read on several threads here that there is no mileage pay in California, only hourly. I assume that linehaul drivers make more per hour, otherwise what would be the benefit of working overnight? I generally run five days a week hourly where I am now, and then do a short linehaul after my reset on Sundays, and the linehaul is mileage pay. My question is: when I get to California, it is all hourly pay, so will they try to keep me right at 50 hours so I do not hit overtime? Or are they so desperate to get the freight moved that they will let drivers work who want to? Thanks for any info.
     
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  3. jgarciajr40

    jgarciajr40 Medium Load Member

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    It’s just all a “move the peanuts game”.
    Mileage pay may be illegal in California but what carrier will do is pay “trip pay”, which is the same thing.
     
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    Thanks for telling me this! I was worried about the raise in cost of living and missing my 6th day of work.
     
  5. Clarimeister

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    I think there's confusion what mileage pay is not given in california. I think what you're thinking of is mileage pay in terms of on the job. What's not allowed, I believe, is mileage reimbursement for driving "to" work before you're actual shift. I don't see anything related to mileage pay in terms of commercial driving being illegal in California. (I drive for an LTL carrier in California and make mileage pay for anything over a certain amount of miles on a run and hourly below that threshold)
     
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    What I was trying to determine, is if I will be able to earn extra money on the weekends doing linehaul if it is available. Where I live now, I get paid hourly for everything except additional linehaul runs, which pay by the mile. If the company I choose to work for in California goes to overtime after 50 hours, they will probably not let me run any additional freight on the weekends if they will have to pay me hourly overtime. Another poster suggested that they will pay me for the trip as opposed to by the hour, so that might make it work. Since you work for an LTL carrier, do you find this to be the case?
     
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  8. Clarimeister

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    I work for said carrier that will start paying after 50hrs for OT (in the same region as you are in, btw), and as far as I'm aware, everyone who works hourly (P&D) are still able to pick up linehaul runs (as "weekend warriors") and 99%+ of the time they're mileage runs. If you're going full Linehaul, pretty much every runs except for Shuttles and very few runs will be hourly. But if you're going P&D and want to run extra on the weekends, I guarantee you will be fine since they'll be mileage runs anways.

    If you need some more specific info please don't hesitate to message me directly. I'm more than happy to help!
     
  9. jmz

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    I can say that FedEx Freight pays a higher hourly rate for linehaul, but there is no OT for that.

    Regular city work is the regular pay rate with OT after 8/40. You would actually make less than you should by doing linehaul on the weekend, since you would get linehaul pay in the mid to upper $30s/hr instead of OT in the upper $40s/hr.
     
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    My original concern was if I would be able to get the extra work at all, even if it was not overtime. I would rather have the opportunity for the extra income, which I have now with mileage pay, vs not at all.
     
  11. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

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    That will depend on your terminal and how corrupt it is, or isn’t.

    At my barn extra linehaul runs aren’t given out by seniority anymore. Those go right to the linehaul dispatcher’s favorites.
     
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