What is layover pay?

Like detention time, layover pay is a type of add pay that some trucking companies issue to drivers when they spend a predefined amount of time not moving because of a lack of dispatch or load assignment. The criteria for being eligible for layover varies between trucking company. Some companies may require the driver to be sitting for 24 hours with no movement on the tractor.  Other companies may not pay anything for layover.  If trucking companies refuse to pay layover then the driver has little protection in case the company is slow on freight or unable to keep the driver properly pre-planned. Ideally, truck drivers should never want to experience layover pay because layover pay will usually not compensate the driver the same as hauling freight.  However, companies that offer layover should give the driver a little more peace of mind than companies that don’t.