Any Current Barr Nunn Drivers?

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Brett Aquila's Comment
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Freebird, it's obvious to us you've been getting your information from subpar drivers who are not performing well and therefore not getting good miles. Your focus is on:

  • What happens if I don't get good miles?
  • How much will I be paid when I'm sitting around doing nothing?

This is a performance-based industry and your two concerns revolve around not performing!

The way it works in this industry is very simple. The best performers get the lion's share of the work, they drive the best equipment, and they're at the top of the payscale. It doesn't matter which of the major companies you work for, that's how it goes. They all have great miles available. They all have great equipment available. But only the drivers who are working hard, driving safe, and making their appointments on time are getting the best equipment, the most miles, and the biggest paychecks.

So unless you plan on going out there and being a screw up, you don't have to worry about not getting enough miles and you certainly aren't going to care about detention pay. You'll probably get some detention pay from time to time but Top Tier Drivers never care about that. Less than 5% of your pay is going to come from detention pay overall. 95% of your pay will come from keeping those wheels turning.

Read through these materials if you haven't already:

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Patrick C.'s Comment
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I am with Brett and Old school on this. Do NOT base a job on pay you get for not doing your job. Layover and Detention are just little bonuses. TBH, I truly couldn't care less about those types of pay. It took me nearly a year to even know what exactly my company's policy on those 2 pays were.

Here is the skinny of it. If you are the driver who isn't productive you will have to fight to get paid for sitting. If you are the type of driver that is getting it done than you will find all sorts of extra pay being thrown your way. You need to know what the types of extra pay are so you can log them on trip sheet correctly, but to be honest, I really don't care about that extra pay. I am here to make miles!

As Brett and everyone keeps saying, this job is PERFORMANCE based. The best drivers get the best miles and the best pay. If you are not getting miles, than you are screwing up and you need to fix yourself. Trust me, trucking companies have all kind of loop holes when it comes to accessorial pay. They can work both ways. For those drivers that are NOT getting it done the company will use the loopholes in an attempt not to pay you. For those drivers that ARE getting it done, you will find your dispatch can throw all kinds of extra money your way for nearly anything.

Take detention pay for an example. You will find that most companies Detention pay is NOT automatic. Now the best drivers will get it automatically. The under performers will find that there probably a clause to the effect that Detention pay will be paid to the driver once the offending shipper/receiver pays the company. If the company doesn't push the issue about it than you don't get paid. Or you get paid months later when the company finally gets paid. Remember typical pay out on age of invoice is 60-90 days.

Drive Safe and God Speed.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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