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ATRI retention report shows driver delays are increasing

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) recently released the results of a new analysis on the safety and productivity impacts of truck driver detention at customer facilities.

The institute says its analysis is based on more than 1,900 truck driver and motor carrier surveys conducted in 2014 and 2018. 

The analysis found that, across the four-year period, detention frequency and length increased, with negative impacts on driver productivity, regulatory compliance and compensation, according to ATRI. Key findings include:

  • Drivers reported a 27.4% increase in delays of six or more hours.
  • Female drivers were 83.3% more likely than men to be delayed six or more hours.
  • There was a nearly 40% increase in drivers who reported that the majority of their pick-ups and deliveries were delayed over the past 12 months due to customer actions.
  • The average excessive detention fee per hour charged by fleets was $63.71, slightly less than the average per hour operating cost of $66.65 found in ATRI’s Operational Costs of Trucking.
  • The negative impact of detention on carrier revenue and driver compensation may be greater among smaller fleets with less than 50 power units, with 20% reporting they do not charge for excessive detention in order to stay competitive with larger fleets.

“ATRI’s new detention research definitely helps us understand the full financial impact associated with detaining drivers,” said Edgar R McGonigal, chief financial officer of Bestway Express. “From a safety and economic perspective, this research gives the trucking industry new insight into how both carriers and drivers should implement driver detention strategies.”

The report also documents recommended practices drivers and carriers believe will improve efficiency and reduce detention at customer facilities, ATRI said.

A copy of the report is available at TruckingResearch.org.

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