Friday, August 10, 2012

The Waiting Game

Trucking is definitely a hurry up and wait proposal.  It seems like every time you are running short on time to get home or pick up a load, someone needs you to wait.  Loading and unloading are the where this occurs the most.  The majority of shippers and receivers are only concerned with their time and schedules and driver's needs factor in not at all.  That is hard to deal with considering the regulations that limit how long you can drive in a given day and the demands of load and unloading appointments. The pressure is all on the driver, you are told you cannot be late for an appointment, show up on time, and then sit and wait well past that appointment  for a gate to even be opened for you so you can unload. Or you arrive early and sit and sit while nothing happens, your load sitting in the dock waiting for someone to get back from break or lunch to sign your paperwork, which ends up happening well after your appointment time.  Or you look at how a run is scheduled, see an issue and report it to dispatch, and no effort is made to correct the problem, it is all up to you to adjust.

All that would be easier to take if anyone spent half as much effort as you have to in order to make things work.  I don't expect shippers, receivers, dispatchers to jump every time I snap my fingers to make life easier for me, but there is generally no visible effort or even sympathy to ease this burden on the driver. Hell, fake concern would go a long way to cut down on driver resentment. Every where I go it is one of the main complaints I hear from drivers.

So, here I sit in Danville, Kentucky.  I was early for my appointment, the load was ready but the paperwork was not. As I wait to even back in the dock to be loaded my time allotted for driving ticks away. In a couple of hours I will not have enough time to get home before that time runs out. That means finding parking and taking a 10 hour break before I can drive home. This is my last load until Sunday and getting home Friday night is important because it allows me to reset my weekly driving hours and get a fresh start when I head for Massachusetts. Getting home late means less time for my break and a hard choice between starting late on Sunday and struggling to find parking late at night or starting early and rolling over my work hours each day struggling to make my appointments with restricted driving time. 

We will see what happens.

1 comment:

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