Uber Freight: Simplifying the Entire Booking Process
Since September of 2018, Uber Technologies has been testing Uber Freight in the Texas Triangle area for van and refrigerator deliveries. In June of 2019 the full truck-load freight brokerage announced their nationwide roll out. Their goal is to help owner-operator shipping carriers book loads more easily. Its purpose is to simplify the entire booking process. All you have to do is log in to your account, enter your pick-up and drop off information, and then you receive an instant quote. If you like the quoted rate, you can book the shipment.
This platform matches commercial shippers with truck drivers looking for a job. These freight rides can be booked the same day or several weeks in advance. The price of the shipments is predetermined. Once the driver gets a shipment where it needs to be, the payment begins processing and the driver will be paid within 7 days.
Trucking companies are also partnering up with Uber Freight. If the company is able to sign up enough shippers, drivers will be fed a series of job options straight to their phones. “You can filter loads by location and date to find the best load for you,” the site reads. “We’re continuing to add freight to our app every day, so if you don’t see one that fits, check back soon!”
To be an Uber Freight driver you need to own an MC or DOT number and also be an authorized carrier to create an account. You’ll also need to have at least $1,000,000 in auto liability coverage and $100,000 in cargo liability coverage (and breakdown coverage for reefer carriers). Uber Freight operates in the United States and is expanding into Europe.
Lastly, Uber Freight has the potential to create safety concerns for drivers on the road. The business touts their benefits to truck drivers by allowing them to control when they work, where they go, and what jobs they accept. However, there is no conversation being shared with the public on how they are monitoring the hours of service of each of their drivers. Just like some individuals with jobs drive their personal vehicles for Uber at nights or on weekends for extra money, we can easily assume truck drivers would do the same. We will certainly follow this business and how it will impact our roads.