And They Wonder Why Late Loads Are An Issue

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Yet again, I've been given a run with an already tight deadline, oh and by the way, do this local run that will be two hours minimum plus unloading time round trip before you pick it up.

Is being used as a local driver between every load a pretty normal thing all companies do? It's an almost given that they want us to do a local run between loads, and it screws up your trip every time. After having to sit for three days over the holiday weekend because of one that took four hours (honestly an average time for a local load) to get me a dock and put me behind the rest of the week, it's getting old.

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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Who do you drive for? What type of mileage do you normally run?

Laura

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Who do you drive for? What type of mileage do you normally run?

Laura

Wilson, normally get about 2500 miles a week. My only gripe is for whatever reason they can't get any local drivers to work for them, so it becomes the OTR driver's problem to get the loads dropped in the yards the last few miles. The load planners don't seem aware that traffic and slow unloads exist and that 'quick' local run quickly turns into half your day down the drain and it reflecting poorly on me when I can't make it where I need to be on time because of it.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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My only gripe is for whatever reason they can't get any local drivers to work for them

From what I have seen OTR companies tend to pay less for local drivers than companies who focus on local work.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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My only gripe is for whatever reason they can't get any local drivers to work for them

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From what I have seen OTR companies tend to pay less for local drivers than companies who focus on local work.

That's the only thing I can think of as well. Could be worse, my fm at least takes care of me since I don't refuse the local runs like some of the other drivers will.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Fm:

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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Don't know why I thought maybe this one would be different. All the reviews said 15 minute in and out, but I've been here 4 hours and haven't been given a door yet. Would've been able to deliver my next run a day early if it wasn't for this.

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Obviously Alex, some days are like this, while others are not. That's trucking.

With the combination of Covid and the state and federal governments paying people literally to stay home instead of working, warehouses, businesses, and distribution centers are short on staff. Notice nearly every single one has "Now Hiring" signs everywhere? This makes things move slowly at times. It's been slower for the past 16 months.

Did you call your elected officials and complain that they need to stop paying people not to work because it's affecting your bottom line as an actual worker?

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Obviously Alex, some days are like this, while others are not. That's trucking.

With the combination of Covid and the state and federal governments paying people literally to stay home instead of working, warehouses, businesses, and distribution centers are short on staff. Notice nearly every single one has "Now Hiring" signs everywhere? This makes things move slowly at times. It's been slower for the past 16 months.

Did you call your elected officials and complain that they need to stop paying people not to work because it's affecting your bottom line as an actual worker?

^^^^ This, indeed. Our local Arby's shut DOWN because the owner of the franchise took the PPP $ and fled. Now, the workers (who run out of unemployment THIS month, finally!) won't have a job to go back to.

It's messy. Everywhere. PackRat, you nailed it. Ripple effect, dam shame.

Hang in, Alex!!

~ Anne ~

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All I'm going to say is it's quickly getting old running hard and my reward for it being 5 hour local runs everyone else refuses every other load because 'give them to him, he does anything' that screw my trip planning for the next few days.

PackRat's Comment
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All I'm going to say is it's quickly getting old running hard and my reward for it being 5 hour local runs everyone else refuses every other load because 'give them to him, he does anything' that screw my trip planning for the next few days.

Are you voicing this to Dispatch?

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