Some fleets to pay extra for driving congested routes

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A Rand McNally-sponsored online survey says many drivers will get increased per-mile pay in 2005.

A survey of 424 trucking professionals conducted by The Litchfield Group found more than 20 percent of trucking companies plan to increase their per-mile pay for driving through congested areas this year.

Forty-six percent of the managers, however, do not plan to increase pay in 2005.

Forty-seven percent of managers said drivers used onboard tracking systems to warn them of possible late arrivals. Cell phones are the most popular means of alerting managers of delivery delays.

Only 5 percent of managers said e-mail was used to alert them to late arrivals.