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Survey seeks truck driver input on detention time


The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) is asking truckers for information on how detention time impacts their day-to-day driving experiences.

On September 5, the ATRI announced the launch of an online survey designed to study how excessive detention time impacts driver safety, productivity, and hours of service regulation compliance.

The ATRI also collected data on commercial driver detention time at this year’s Great American Truck Show, but they say that the online survey will allow a greater number of truck drivers to provide feedback.

You can click here to get started on the survey.

A 2016 study on driver detention time by DAT Solutions found that most truck drivers report detention times of three hours or more.

Here are some takeaways from the 2016 detention time study.

  • 63% of truck drivers wait more than 3 hours at a shipper’s dock.
  • 54% of truck drivers wait 3 to 4 hours at a shipper’s dock.
  • 9% of truck drivers wait more than 9 hours at a shippers dock.
  • 84% of carriers say detention is one of the top five biggest problems for their business.
  • Only 20% of shippers say that detention is a top five biggest problem for their business.
  • 70% of drivers say that they are treated as if they are “invisible” while waiting at a dock.




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