Pay­ing driv­ers per hour lim­its the crashes

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LARRY KA­HANER pub­lished an ed­i­to­rial in the LA Times on why it makes sense to pay truck driv­ers by the mile, in­stead of the hour.

He has how­ever found only one car­rier in the U.S. that pays by the hour — Dupré Lo­gis­tics in Lafayette, Louisiana. Started as a tank truck hauler in 1980, the com­pany now em­ploys 1 200 driv­ers. About 15 years ago, the com­pany re­alised that even though it was gov­ern­ing driv­ers’ hours, the driv­ers of­ten tired and there­fore ac­ci­dent prone. “We were com­pli­ant, and we were le­gal, but we weren’t safe,” Reg­gie Dupré, the com­pany’s chief ex­ec­u­tive, told Ka­haner.

To keep driv­ers alert, the com­pany moved to a sched­ule that would al­low them shorter stints on the road. And to save driv­ers from los­ing in­come be­cause of the new scheme, the com­pany de­cided to pay by the hour in­stead of by the mile.

Dupré re­ports that the com­pany’s crash rate has since plum­meted. Dupré also says the com­pany also at­tracted ex­pe­ri­enced, re­li­able driv­ers and un­like the rest of the U.S. there is no short­age of driv­ers. The com­pany’s driver turnover hovers around 17% in an in­dus­try where more than 90% is com­mon.

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