Marten To Modify Driver Detention Pay

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Marten Transport last week announced the company will soon be offering enhanced dentition pay to drivers.

The Wisconsin-based carrier said in a press release “in order to maintain its strong reputation as a premium employer in the trucking industry,” the company is continually looking for ways to develop and enhance driver benefits.

Marten announced that changes will be made to its automatic driver detention pay program– drivers will now be compensated after just one hour of detention time.

“At Marten, we’re constantly looking at what our drivers need,” said Tim Norlin, director of recruiting for Marten Transport. “When we first implemented our automatic detention pay for drivers a few years ago, we wanted a way to be able to compensate our drivers for their time.  This change to the program that starts paying out to drivers after an hour of waiting is just one more way we can show our drivers how much we value their time and what they do.”

Beginning in June, Marten drivers will receive automatic detention pay after just one hour! To qualify for the detention pay, drivers must follow the company’s detention policy by arriving on time for pick up or delivery, sending the appropriate macros, and the arrival and release times documented on the paperwork.

 If drivers are not loaded or unloaded within an hour, their detention pay begins automatically. The hourly rate for hour 1-2 will be $10 per hour, paid in 15-minute increments. After the second hour of wait time, drivers will be paid the normal automatic detention rate of $20 per hour. Marten plans to increase the first hour rate in September by at least $2 and will eventually bring the pay up to $20 per hour to match the rest of the automatic detention pay.

“Marten rolled out its unprecedented automatic detention pay program in 2011 with great success. The company started by paying drivers $10 per hour and eventually raised the payout to $20 per hour once it obtained detention charges from customers. Today, Marten is the only carrier in the industry that pays its drivers $20 per hour in detention pay and one of the few that pays it automatically,” Marten said in a press release. 

To work for Marten, drivers must have a CDL-A with hazmat endorsement, be at least 22 years of age and have a minimum of one year OTR experience. Drivers at Marten can expect competitive pay corresponding with experience level, frequent home time, premium benefits, quality equipment and unmatched care for their success.

About Marten Transport

Headquartered in Mondovi, Wis., Marten Transport specializes in transporting food and other consumer packaged goods that require a time and temperature-sensitive or insulated environment. For more information on services or opportunities at Marten Transport, call 800-395-3331 or visit www.drive4marten.com.