DAT Solutions: Majority of drivers detained more than three hours

By Tyson Fisher, Land Line staff writer | 7/15/2016

One month after the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of the Inspector General announced it will look into detention time for truckers, DAT Solutions has revealed results for its survey regarding the same issue. Nearly 63 percent of drivers wait more than three hours at a dock.

That 63 percent of 247 carriers surveyed included 54 percent reporting detention times of three to four hours and 9 percent reporting detention times of five or more hours.

Both brokers and carriers were surveyed and revealed a much different opinion regarding the issue. When asked where they rank the problem, 84 percent of carriers said it ranks in the top five of problems within the industry. However, only 20 percent of brokers view the issue in the top five, with 78 percent reporting that other issues have a bigger impact.

Brokers and carriers did agree on one detail: Detention is defined as sitting at the dock for more than two hours. They were also consistent in their reporting of detention fees. The majority of brokers and carriers said that drivers are paid a detention fee when negotiating only 1-10 percent of the time.

When detained, carriers reported they often were unable to meet other delivery appointments or did not have enough hours of service left to pick up the next load.

When asked the rate of a typical hourly fee when paid detention, most carriers reported up to $30 an hour. Conversely, approximately 40 percent of brokers reported paying an hourly rate of $41-$50 per hour, and more than 20 percent reported rates of $51 or more per hour.

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