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Detention time is an unpleasant and frustrating reality for truck drivers across the country. With the rise in demand for shipping services due to an increase in ecommerce and vendors promising fast delivery, it’s no surprise to drivers that detention times have been getting longer and happening more frequently. That’s according to a recent report from the American Transportation Research Institute, Driver Detention Impacts on Safety and Productivity, which found that long detention periods (two or more hours) have increased since 2014. In fact, drivers reported that almost 10% of detention periods lasted six hours or more.

Not pictured below are delays under one hour, which accounted for less than 18% of responses. But while the percentage of respondents reporting delays of one to two hours decreased from 24.8% in 2014 to 24.0% in 2018, this decrease is relatively small compared to the increase in duration of delays ranging from two to six hours. According to the data, the percentage of drivers who experienced two- to four-hour delays increased 1.7% from 2014 to 2018, and the percentage who experienced six or more hours increased 2%.

Learn more about the effects and impact of driver detention on safety and productivity.

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