Trucking company charges shippers $66,000 for dock delays

| 1/13/2004

On Jan. 4, 2004, the first day of new hours-of-service rules, Navajo Shippers Inc., Commerce City, CO, charged customers a $100-an-hour penalty for trucks waiting at the loading dock for more than one hour, The Denver Business Journal reported.

The company assessed penalties of $66,000, according to Vice President Don Digby Jr. Navajo, which claims to be the largest refrigerated trucking company in the states, operates in the lower 48 states, but mainly in Colorado and along the West Coast.

"We're going to bill for everything that we do,” Digby said. “Every time our drivers and trucks are sitting there, someone's going to pay."

Digby didn’t discuss the shippers’ reaction to the fines.