It has been called the “biggest productivity or efficiency problem in trucking” by the Owner-Operator Independent Driver’s Association (OOIDA), costing the trucking industry $3 billion a year. That problem is detention and it has become a growing concern for truckers and carriers.
According to truckinginfo.com, the Government Accountability Office publicized the problem after conducting a survey which found that out of 300 drivers, 65 percent of them had experienced detention problems within the last month. Because of these results, Peter DeFazio proposed a bill, called HR 756, which would determine a set number of detention hours a shipper is allowed before compensation must be paid. The bill is still facing judgment.
But now, the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC) is speaking up, urging the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to take action.
Currently, the FMCSA “has authority over drivers and carriers” but the MCSAC is suggesting that they expand their control to cover “shippers, receivers, and brokers who ‘unduly detain’ drivers” (http://www.truckinginfo.com/news/news-detail.asp?news_id=73637).
As OOIDA explains, 30-40 hours a week are spent by drivers on loading docks, with those drivers being detained sometimes for days, truckinginfo.com notes. This detention not only threatens the next shipment on the driver’s truck being late, but also takes away from a driver’s allowed hours of service (HOS), which cannot be thought of lightly due the proposal sought to reduce a driver’s HOS. 80 percent of those surveyed by the Government Accountability Office acknowledged that they are having a hard time keeping the maximum hours they are allowed.
But that’s not all, MCSAC also suggested that “the FMCSA set up a complaint line for drivers being unduly detained, seek action against detaining parties that place drivers in violation of HOS rules, and develop a ‘Truck Driver’s Bill of Rights,’” which would “include detention compensation for drivers among roadside amenities like access to showers and food,” truckinginfo.com explains.
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Have you ever been the victim of detention? What do you think should be done about it and why has this grown to become such a problem?
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