HOS rules focus attention on cost of driver detention
With the HOS rules’ 14-hour on-duty limit and ever-tightening competition in the trucking industry, fresh attention is being cast on the costs of driver detention. In the past, time spent waiting at a shipper or receiver location was often logged as off-duty time.
As long as it was just the driver losing out on compensated time, concerns didn’t rise too far up the food chain in the trucking industry. Now that there is a 14-hour clock ticking from the moment a driver starts his workday, that waiting time cuts directly into the carrier’s productivity and profits. When a carrier stands to lose roughly 20% of a truck’s productivity to typical wait times, driver detention begins to get the attention it deserves.
Todd Dills examines the detention problem in a multi-part series on Overdrive Online, relaying the opinions of drivers and considering potential solutions.