Marten Transport Increases Detention Pay
MondoviWI… Marten Transport, a Wisconsin-based certified top paying carrier, is setting itself apart again with initiatives to not only raise its drivers earnings but also keep drivers from losing pay due to detention or maintenance issues. This week, the carrier instituted an increase to its automatic driver detention pay, in addition to maintenance pay, to offset any negative effects of downtime. These programs are consistent with the company’s unprecedented growth and success as a premium employer and leader in the trucking industry.
“A driver’s time is very valuable. With CSA regulations, hours of service laws and other compliance procedures in place, it’s vital to reduce any unproductive time. We introduced automatic detention pay for drivers in April of 2011 in an effort to compensate our drivers for their time and to hold customers accountable for delays,” says Tim Norlin, director of recruiting for Marten Transport, one of the first carriers to begin charging customers a detention fee if trailers were not loaded or unloaded in a set period of time. “It’s our goal to basically eliminate detention time but if it happens and keeps the driver from rolling, we want them compensated for it.”
With Marten’s detention pay rate increase, effective March 19, 2012, drivers will earn a $2 per hour increase to $17 per hour for detention time in excess of two hours while waiting to be loaded or unloaded at customer facilities. Drivers delivering or picking up at customers that have been identified as consistently having extreme detention issues will continue to earn $20 per hour.
In addition to the increase in detention pay, Marten also recently announced a new program designed to help encourage equipment inspections and help offset downtime while waiting for trailers to be repaired. Also effective March 19, Marten began paying drivers $17 per hour for downtime at drop yards and customer drop pools when a driver has to wait for a service truck to fix the trailer he or she is picking up.
“This program was designed to help drivers who have incurred downtime for making sure their equipment is safe and DOT legal,” said Norlin. “If a Marten driver goes to hook a trailer and it’s not ready --flat tire or lights not working or whatever—that driver calls our maintenance department and is on the clock until it’s fixed. Again, anything that keeps the wheels from rolling keeps a driver from earning. Whatever we can do to make sure our drivers’ paychecks don’t suffer, Marten will do.”
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 Marten Transport driving opportunities or pay programs, call 800-395-3331 or visit www.drive4marten.com.