Legislation Introduced to Study Truck Detention Time

Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) recently introduced a bill in the House of Representatives which, if passed, would require the Dept. of Transportation (DOT) to study the amount of time truck drivers are forced to wait at loading docks and to use those study results to establish detention time “fees” for shippers and receivers.

The bill, H.R. 756, would require DOT to study detention time, issue regulations on the maximum number of hours that a driver may be reasonably detained without compensation, and mandate shippers and receivers to pay a fee for detention of drivers beyond the time established by DOT.

The bill calls for “a regulatory rulemaking on detention times and compensation” and would hold “shippers and receivers accountable for their contribution to the lack of productivity in the transportation supply chain”

One of the main reasons for this is the new hours of service proposal. With a reduction in the number of hours a driver is allowed, drivers and companies cannot afford to waste those hours sitting at a dock.