posted on Feb, 2 2018 @ 11:17 PM
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: BotheLumberJack
The industry is in trouble. They're losing older drivers, and the younger drivers don't have what it takes. Adjusting for inflation, driver pay is
roughly the same as it was in something like 1981. It doesn't pay a damn for us to be out here weeks and months at a time busting our ass, just to
While I have to agree- you know me, I'll argue the other side of it just for a little fun- Back in the day...ta da...there wasn't detention time at
all unless we were talking days of waiting. You'd wait or they'd find another carrier that will. To a degree that still is the case and largely why
the companies aren't always paying the detention time. Fearing the loss of the account.
Increased competition has cut the profit margin down for all. Trucking companies, drivers and owner operators, as well. With healthier profit margins
one could afford cutting some slack on occasion for shippers and receivers. Not any more.
Also, the pressure on the distribution centers has gone way up, as well. Same distribution centers, 50% or more outlets than 10-20 years ago. In and
out. Way less inventory is maintained. Arrive two hours earlier than your appointment? There's no floor room to unload you. Arrive two hours late?
Local trucks are leaving on their runs without your product. Literally no exaggeration on this.
As for me, I turned my first wheel professionally in'76. I turned my last trip Nov. 15. The next day i had worker's comp surgery on my left shoulder.
I'm still on workers comp. When it's done, I'm done. Perhaps some Uber to supplement a few days a week. But that's it.
Burnt out. Too much stress. Just like Zaph says. The old farts quitting and the new kids don't know any better.
The industry will survive, however. It just won't be the same. It was the most efficient transportation system in the world. Masters at their
profession. Near artisans. Almost extinct.
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