XTL Transport is a Canadian company that does many cross-border runs and they were having a problem filling their trucks due to all of the delays that drivers face, especially at the border. As we know, most of the time these delays go unpaid. XTL took a page from my book and started paying its drivers HOURLY for all on duty time. Guess what? No more driver shortage at XTL! 18 empty trucks now have drivers. They said that this change increased their labor costs so they increased their rates! What a novel idea! It turns out that drivers don't like working for free. Why doesn't this spread? I've only found a few places that pay this way for OTR drivers. I believe this is not becoming the industry norm because drivers are currently willing to sit around for nothing. From a companies perspective, why should they pay you if you are willing to work for free? You see, this is how we end all of this unpaid time. We have to stop participating in it. I get emails every week from people sitting around 15, 20 or more hours a week for no pay. My response is to QUIT. You can sit at home for free. All of our time should be paid. When looking for a company to drive for be sure to ask about their pay policies. This outdated mileage based pay that is still around needs to go. You can check out the article HERE.
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Hi! Welcome. I'm Mark and I've been a professional truck driver for over 33 years, the last 19 years at the same company. It is time that drivers got paid for every minute that we work and we are treated like the licensed professionals we are.