Uber Freight Vehicle and Driver Requirements
Uber, the ride hailing app, swooped into the transportation industry 2009, and has since become one of the biggest technology companies in the world.
Ride sharing remains their core business but the company has been trying to expand into other sectors, including the freight shipping sector. Uber freight matches carriers to shippers, just as Uber matches passengers to drivers. Truck drivers can install the Uber Freight App and start receiving loads in minutes.
This gives truck drivers the flexibility to work when they want without and always find a load wherever they go. All it takes is for the driver to have a vehicle that matches the Uber Freight requirements. It helps truckers work on a level playing field by taking out all the hassle it takes to book a load.
You don’t have to worry about arranging payment or not being paid for your work. You also don’t turn up to a load only to find out there’s no load to carry. With the simple tap on your screen, you get to screen the load and book instantly.
Our Uber Freight review looks at Uber Freight vehicle and driver requirements, how they use GPS tracking technology, and their relationship with provides like KeepTruckin.
Uber Freight Vehicle Requirements
What type of vehicle can join the Uber Freight program? As of November 2020, drivers wanting to join the program must have a flatbed, dry van or a reefer trailer. You truck size must be at least 53-feet long, and dry vans must have a vent in front and one in the rear.
They also require plated trailers to have swing doors, no interior wall wood paneling, be an undamaged food-grade trailer, and be 102 inches or more wide on the inside. The requirements are very simple and most carriers that meet state and federal regulations should meet the Uber Freight’s eligibility rules.
You should have some of the following to join Uber Freight as a carrier, drive with Uber Freight, and start booking loads.
You first need to register as a carrier, and then add drivers to your account after it has been approved. An individual can register as a carrier and add themselves as a driver.
- You are required to submit an insurance certificate showing at least $1,000,000 auto liability and at least $100,000 cargo liability coverage. This must also include breakdown coverage for those operating reefer trailers.
- Drivers who want to drive across states must also provide permits or registrations from their state.
- Uber Freight pays carriers via ACH direct deposit, so you’ll be required to provide a bank account when registering.
- A Department of Transportation (DOT) or Motor Carrier (MC) number
- A good safety rating (No conditional or unsatisfactory rating)
A driver must have a CDL Class A Commercial Driver’s License to be added to a carrier account. That covers the process you go through to become an Uber Freight driver.
How Uber Freight Works
It works in a similar way to Uber and Uber Eats. The only difference is that this involves carriers and shippers. The process is very simple and works like this:
- A carrier (can be owner operator) downloads the Uber Freight App and registers as a carrier. You can then add drivers with a CDL Class A license to your account (you can add yourself).
- A shipper also downloads the App and registers as a shipper.
- Shipper creates a load through the app and provides several details about the load and the pickup location.
- Driver goes on their app and gets showed available loads. You can then book a load through the app, and that load will be confirmed for your carrier.
- You deliver the load and get paid via ACH direct deposit.
Don’t book a load if you can’t carry it because any load you book will be confirmed and reserved for your carrier. You will pay a financial and reputation penalty if you book a load you can’t carry.
Q. How much do they pay per mile?
A. The company does not provide data on how much drivers can earn per mile. Each load displays how much you’ll earn on delivery. You get paid instantly after delivery, even if the shipper hasn’t paid Uber Freight yet. There are some accessorial fees including a $300 per day for layover and $75 for detentions longer than 2 hours. There is also a fee per mile for deadheads when a truck order is not used.
Q. Do Uber Freight Transport Cars?
A. Yes, you can transport cars with them as long as you have a truck that can carry it securely. They are essentially a brokerage company so you can carry almost any load you’re legally allowed to transport from regular shipping companies.
Q. Do they allow box trucks?
A. You can use a box truck as long as it is at least 53-feet and has no wood paneling on the interior walls.
Q. Can I join with a pickup truck?
A. You can’t join the program unless your pickup truck is at least 53 feet long.