Why do truckers charge per mile instead of per pound or per gallon?!

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  1. truckingowner2B

    truckingowner2B Bobtail Member

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    I’m thinking about starting a trucking company sometime in the future. However one thing I’ve never really understood is how trucking companies charge for their deliveries.

    I’ve noticed that trucking companies tend to charge per mile. I would understand this because of the long distances and it would help drivers make money faster but wouldn’t it make more sense to charge based on the actual delivery rather than charging per mile?
     
  2. Long FLD

    Long FLD Road Train Member

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    Many bulk commodities pay by weight. Most of what I haul now pays a ton rate. When I hauled cattle it paid by the hundred weight.
     
  3. x1Heavy

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    Those are obsolete.

    Some loads they paid for everything. Ton, distance etc. pay pay pay pay.

    And then they got the bright idea just eff this paying bull, buy their own truck. Boom. less pay.
     
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  4. okiedokie

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  5. truckingowner2B

    truckingowner2B Bobtail Member

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    Oh so it’s per one hundredth weight not per pound?!
     
  6. GreenPete359

    GreenPete359 Road Train Member

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    I charge per job. Some jobs cost more than others. They may go farther, they may require more work, they might just include more B.S.
     
  7. ad356

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    my boss gets paid by the co-op..... from what i understand there is a stop charge PLUS pay per hundredweight (the commodity is milk)
     
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  8. Dave_in_AZ

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    Redi mix concrete. Charge by the yard + any additives +fsc + stand by time. Short haul charge as well if you only need a yard.
     
  9. x1Heavy

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    Also if you breach the second hour contractually you will start paying detention charges to the truck.

    I once was my own customer ordering 5 yards of readimix with fiber and a relatively high slump.

    Had 2 hours to pour and smooth the floor and get the truck off the job (Radio call plus moving off my land) inside of two hours.

    I think the 5 yards in those days were 320 total, the labor and so forth is free (Me...) and the truck's 2 hours was free. The slab in the fuel shed is still there to this day with minimal cracking due to fiber being added at the plant.

    I remember pouring it back in 99 july 6th to be exact. 125 in the shade and hotter than that out of it. I had trouble with my body getting that concrete settled. Its not a perfect floor but it is one of manj Jobs Ive poured which more or less are still there to this day.
     
  10. rank

    rank Road Train Member

    Nobody charges by mile or by weight or by hour or by the piece or anything else. Rates are cost plus and then translated to that language for the benefit of the customer
     
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