Gotta Love Waiting At Shippers!

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Rob T.'s Comment
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I showed up at 645am for my 7am appt in sioux city ia. Supposed to be picking up 2 different po #s for our ltl side of the business. I've been sitting here 4 hours now for my 7 pallets and believe they've only loaded 3 pallets. Atleast I was sent out in a sleeper cab, and making money however I'd rather get moving and get home! Currently have 4.5 hours left on my 14 to drive just over 3 hours home. I also have an additional 2 hours on duty time I can utilize provided I'd make it back to the yard (16 hour rule). Even if I stay out overnight I still need to run a route tomorrow which means itll be a longer day and my vacation starts later. Starting to feel like a real truck driver 😆. Just another example of how local jobs dont guarantee you a routine.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier
Amish country's Comment
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I feel your pain. Driver called out so that switched my load to his since I was going to thr same place. The plant started having issues early this morning and didnt have product. 2 hours later I was ready to leave but didnt have the time needed to deliver but wouldve been able to do my original assignment. Now I make like $40 today instead of $200 and have to deliver it tomorrow instead of another load. Basically an hour difference in time cost me $200 this week.

Counting down the days until vacation starts on the 27th!

Junkyard Dog's Comment
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I agree it's really frustrating. You bust your butt to get somewhere and then you sit for hours...

Bruce K.'s Comment
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JYK9, bummer, that’s a long wait especially when u r eager to get home. I’m a dry van driver and rarely have much wait time. 3 hours has been the longest and that has only happened once in 4 months.

Enjoy that vacation!

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
Tractor Man's Comment
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Hey.....those dock workers get paid by the hour (and not much I assume). Many of them don't care how long you wait. And, when it is time for their break, and they only have 2 more pallets to load in your trailer????? Break trumps pallets! To be fair, many of these shippers/receivers do not adequately staff their warehouses. Two guys and one forklift can only accomplish so much. Until carriers get serious about fixing the problem, it will be what it is.

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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.
Daniel B.'s Comment
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At OD we dont wait longer than around 1.5 hours. At that point we inform dispatch and we up and leave. It feels great

Tractor Man's Comment
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At OD we dont wait longer than around 1.5 hours. At that point we inform dispatch and we up and leave. It feels great

If more Carriers used that approach, the problem would go away. Good on OD for that policy!smile.gif

Brett Aquila's Comment
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If more Carriers used that approach, the problem would go away

....or more carriers would go away because they would lose a ton of freight. If it were that simple they'd all do it.

G-Town's Comment
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The person responsible for detention pay at WMDC 7030 is Helen Wate. Supposedly a nice lady, but no one has ever seen her...

We’ve been instructed if we want detention pay; go to Helen Wate.

Tractor Man's Comment
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or more carriers would go away because they would lose a ton of freight. If it were that simple they'd all do it.

The freight has to be moved. If more Carriers would enforce their detention policy, eventually those shippers would have NO ONE to move their freight. There will always be Carriers that will haul freight for the problem shippers/receivers..........for awhile.......until they start to lose their ass. If these folks can't find anyone to move their freight, they will begin to change their ways. It won't happen overnight, but it needs to start somewhere. Just my .02

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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