I know they are paid for the mileage but could you explain to us why they take this road then? Few options of my own: 1. They get paid for the mileage taking this shortcut into account; maybe not a "tidier" profit but an "even" profit at least. 2. The contract doesn't take the shortcut into account so they save few miles and time. Win win scenario. 3. The money is irrelevant because they are payed for actual mileage but their time is valuable; so they save something by taking the dragon. Why the hell would they take the chance otherwise? I don't really care what the reasons are...but you can't come here naming someone an idiot without any further informations to back up your claim.