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Serah D.'s Comment
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Just curious. How many of you would accept a load going 500 miles - PU 9/1, DEL 9/5?

Kat's Comment
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Hmmmm....that's WAY too much time. I'd work with dispatch to see if the drop appt could be changed or if it could be dropped early.

Old School's Comment
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Serah, holiday weekends like this can cause some problems. I would ask your driver manager if the load can be T-called to a drop yard or terminal and then get you onto another load.

I don't refuse loads - a good dispatcher does not plan on having you sit for two or three days. They may already be working on a solution for you. Take the load and be in communication with them. Try to get it settled before they leave for the weekend - that is cucial.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

Driver Manager:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Matt M.'s Comment
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Maybe there's just not much in the area with Labor Day weekend. I'm company so I accept everything, but would quickly shoot a message to dispatch with my eta to 90.

Never had one quite that bad, but it's not too uncommon for us to get loads with like an extra 48 hours on it (I run team so we can do 1300+ miles per day). I always just message something like "eta to 90 is 9/2 1300, got about 48 hours of playtime on this one boss" and he always comes through with a drop or finds us a load to repower or gets the appointment moved up. He isn't making money with us sitting around for two days either.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Yeah, you really don't want to refuse loads. Like others have said, get on Qualcomm and see if dispatch can do something to keep you moving.

Holiday weekends are super tough. One of the ways Top Tier Drivers consistently get big miles is by working together with dispatch to plan ahead for this kind of thing. When you know a holiday weekend is coming and you want to keep moving, keep reminding dispatch during the week leading up to the holiday that you'd like them to plan things for you that will keep you moving.

Dispatchers love drivers who love to run hard. If you're consistently safe, on time, and pushing for more miles you can be sure they're going to do everything in their power to keep you moving.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Michael V.'s Comment
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I would ask for 3 days layover pay. The 2nd 3rd and 4th Should be payed because you are layed over

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I would ask for 3 days layover pay. The 2nd 3rd and 4th Should be payed because you are layed over

No you're not. You're under a load. No one pays layover pay when you're loaded.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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How are your hours? If my company sees us running low on hours, they will give us a load we can reset on. Other than that, like everyone said, communicate with dispatch.

LDRSHIP's Comment
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I would ask for 3 days layover pay. The 2nd 3rd and 4th Should be payed because you are layed over

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No you're not. You're under a load. No one pays layover pay when you're loaded.

I have been paid layover for having to wait on an appointment to get unloaded.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I have been paid layover for having to wait on an appointment to get unloaded.

Really? Were there special circumstances of some sort? I could see if it you were given a load and then the schedule changed after you were loaded or the schedule was wrong in the system and you were stuck with it.

Dispatchers will also throw a few extra bucks at their top drivers from time to time for things they normally wouldn't pay extra for. I think a lot of companies give their dispatchers some sort of budget to work within where they can give small amounts of money for little things, like $50 here or there for things.

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
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