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Trucking/Payment of hotshot drivers


Hi Jim,

Is there a general practice as to whether or not hotshot drivers are typically paid for their return trip mileage? Or does it vary depending on the agreement between the driver and the carrier?

If a driver's contract with the carrier stated that the driver would be paid 75% of line haul revenue, would that driver be getting paid for their return trip mileage?


You can contract up front for empty miles, but typically if you are paid a percentage of line haul revenue, that's a fixed dollar amount to include the pickup and delivery.  You need to make sure there is enough to cover your expenses including the empty miles on the front or back end.
If the "linehaul revenue" is expressed as an amount per mile you need to clarify what miles and by whose calculation.  There are multiple ways to calculate miles so it's better to get a flat dollar amount and avoid the confusion.


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Jim Bowers


Expertise in U.S. Trucking Industry, Solution Development, Pricing issues, Bid process, Negotiations, Costing and Pricing information systems.


30 years. LTL, TL, and Dedicated Pricing programs, Activity Based Costing, Cost modeling.

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