FMCSA asking for feedback from truckers on detention time


Published by iTrucker at 27 Jul

FMCSA asking for feedback from truckers on detention time

“The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is asking truck drivers and industry stakeholders for information about driver detention times at shipping and receiving facilities and the potential impacts those delays have on highway safety.”- According to the article in and its author

“Specifically, the agency is looking for information on whether data is currently available on accurately recording loading, unloading and delay times; if technology is available to compare prompt loading and unloading times to extended delays; what the agency should use as an estimate of reasonable loading/unloading time; what the agency can do to help reduce loading and unloading times; and more. A full list of questions can be found in the notice here. “- Cole also wrote in his article

FMCSA will accept public comments for 90 days — until  Sept. 10 — when the notice is published in the Federal Register. Comments can be made at by searching Docket No. FMCSA-2019-0054.

In 2018 Office of Inspector General at U.S. Department of Transportation released a report, in which they wrote” estimated that a 15-minute increase in average dwell time—the total time spent by a truck at a facility—increases the average expected crash rate by 6.2 percent. In addition, we estimated that detention is associated with reductions in annual earnings of $1.1 billion to $1.3 billion for for-hire commercial motor vehicle drivers in the truckload sector. For motor carriers in that sector, we
estimated that detention reduces net income by $250.6 million to $302.9 million annually.”

But according to FMCSA , while the OIG and other studies were able to estimate overall wait times, “they were not able to separate normal loading and unloading times (e.g., the time it would usually take to load and unload a commercial motor vehicle under typical schedules) from detention time (delays in the start of the loading and unloading process that disrupt the driver’s available driving and/or on-duty time). This is a critical data gap in our understanding of the detention issue.”-John Gallagher wrote in his article.

You can read the whole OIG report HERE.

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Source and credits: / / /John Gallagher, Washington Correspondent and / Mario Pawlowski




  1. Chris Bellard says:

    Detention pay will be the reason I get out of this business. Would you like to sit in your car for 4 hours for $15?

  2. Chris Bellard says:

    This is the reason I’m getting out of this business. Sitting at receivers for 4 hours and may get 15 books. Walmart’s do not even paid attention and there were two slowest into the industry to load you

  3. George Daws says:

    We as drivers need reforms in waiting on shipper and cosigner. Drivers have to argue with brokers and truck companies for detention pay. I’m thankful that my truck company is very concerned about your drivers waiting on shipper,consigner and pays us drivers. Hope government will step in force big corporations help found a solution for problems we trucking industry face. Thanks for your time.

  4. Tony Emberton says:

    The ELD’s should a sufficient means of recording the long time we set the receiver and shippers. As far compared to something as any driver we have all been held for numerous hours because we were late to an appointment because of traffic or weather and this their way of of returning the favor. And times they are just backed or plain slow . Detention should be paid for everything passed one hour of sitting no matter of appointment, we are the only industry that doesn’t make a salary for what we do for this country enduring long periods away from family and lives at home. I really don’t think it’s to much to ask for some extra money and a sum that would make life better while at home with the loved ones so that can enjoy tome so you have fish back to work for meager wages . A decent sum of money also would benefit drivers because after being held up for hours on in you wouldn’t not as focused on hurrying to unload and in my humble opinion you would see safety improve and moral also. Thank you

    • Lisa Bierlair says:

      The issue I see in this from a shippers standpoint is when you have the drivers who dock and never come into the building to even sign in. I have had some sit there for over an hour before I went out to see what they were there to pick up. My OTR drivers are assigned a pick up number from my company. It is not my job to go out to them to see exactly what shipment they are at the company to pick up.
      Not to mention, where I work has two other companies there with the same address. I recently had the issue where the driver stated over the phone that he was un the dock for two hours. My docks were empty. The driver did not pay attention to the dock numbers that were assigned and went through a gate to another company.
      So all in all you want to pay companies to pay for detention time when the driver may not be in the proper location?
      There are times where I do have several OTR trucks in the docks and their orders are not ready. In that case, yes I do think detention pay is a good idea and it may possibly make the company the driver is picking up at take notice that there is an issue in their process somewhere.

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