Transportation News for Oct. 18 – Oct. 24

Students have a drive for trucking

“For good truck drivers, there have always been jobs,” Bue said. “I started in 1968 — never had to worry about getting a job. Since 1993, there’s been a growing and growing shortage of truck drivers. There’s plenty of trucks. There’s plenty of loads. There’s just a shortage of truck drivers getting bigger and bigger each year.”

A common, if not often reported, theme in recent trucking news is the shortage of drivers in the industry.  Although fuel prices and regulations are a serious concern for those hoping to become a full-time driver, the ones who do will find that there are an increasing number of loads for them to choose from.  This will be even more true on the other side of the economic downturn, when businesses and individuals start to increase their shipping needs again.

Justice Department opposes truck ban

The Justice Department agreed with the ATA’s claims that the ports are trying to regulate the trucking business by requiring freight haulers to obtain “concession contracts” to access port terminals, according to a legal brief filed late Monday with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The trucking industry was deregulated by the federal government in 1980.

We wrote on the Clean Truck program at the beginning of October and examined the effects it may have on air quality in the Southern California area.  Now the Justice Department has stepped in and declared their opposition to the plan.  We aren’t legal scholars at uShip and couldn’t begin to opine on whether this plan is in violation of the Supremacy Clause or not, but this will be interesting to watch unfold.

Recent uShip Stories

Everyday at uShip we have hundreds of listings from customers who have never used our service before.  We hope all of them have experiences as great as these users we heard from over the past week.

uShip is excellent for people looking to buy large items on eBay but who don’t want to spend more on shipping than they did on the item itself.  To help with this we have the eBay shipping center that allows our users to link their eBay accounts with their uShip accounts.  User momany7 recently purchased a dresser on eBay and turned to service provider Hill0114 to ship the dresser for less than $100.

I purchased a dresser from eBay and live 4 hrs. away from it’s location. Originally we had planned to make a weekend of picking it up and enjoying Chicago. Then we decided to save money and see how much it would cost to ship. I listed my item within 5 minutes on uShip and had several bids each day. Everyday that went by, the bids got a little lower and we accepted a fantastic price. I think it would have cost us more in just gas round trip than what we paid. Jim Hill, picked it up and delivered it the same day we accepted the bid. He had great communication with us throughout the day and helped carry the dresser into our house. He left positive feedback the next morning and it was the easiest transaction ever! I am so excited about uShip and will recommend it to everyone now.

Espido1001 was nervous about shipping his Ducati across multiple states but was able to save 35% using uShip and service provider Tony K.  Tony even went beyond what was expected and shipped the bike in an enclosed trailer at no extra cost.

First time shipping such a big item cross state, First time using Uship. was a little worried about shipping my Ducati bike from NewYork to Indiana as i had never shipped anything cross state before, much less select a service provider through an online internet site. However, i read some reviews about USHIP.com and was pretty impressed by them so i decided to jump the gun. managed to find a shipper that was willing to ship it for a very affordable price in a VERY short time. i saved almost 35% on shipping costs if i were to have it shipped through the dealership i bought my bike from. Shipper(Tony K. of kelly freight services / userid: Greyhound) was very punctual and even had it in a closed trailer(for no extra charge) even though i opted for open-trailer shipping. was very professional at unloading the bike and was very polite and friendly. i would definitely use USHIP again if i needed to look for a shipper. There’s always a first for everything and i had two “Firsts” all at once, it was a wonderful experience!

Transport News Oct 08

uShip user drsjwtx‘s story was one of our favorites of the week.  It embodies everything great about uShip: ease of use and communication, quick service, and a great price.  Service provider Alliance Transport was able to transport the car quickly and inexpensively so this couple’s daughter could have a car at college.

My daughter got excellent midterm marks her first semester in college and convinced me she really needed her car, so my husband and I tried to figure out how we could get the car from Dallas to Los Angeles. He was willing to drive to El Paso, about half way, and B. claimed she could drive the remaining 800 miles by herself even though she’d never done a long haul drive. I was contemplating flying to El Paso and driving with her to LA. It turned out that this plan would involve overnight motel stays and a lot more time than we had. It would make sense for us to drive the car out with her over winter break, which DH had originally planned, but I’d already bought nonrefundable plane tickets for her Christmas visit back in the summer. Then DH asked about having the car shipped, and he’d found uShip online. I checked out a couple of other sites and posted a bid request on a couple. The responders from the other site wanted me to call them, and one even called me at work (I couldn’t take the call), but the uShip responders asked questions and communicated by email. I posted the bid early in the week and was almost alarmed a couple of days later when Alliance Transport emailed, “Hey, we could pick up your car Friday!” Too soon to get ready! But the price was right, $400 for halfway across the country, and less than we would pay for gas + motel + airfare even if one of us had just driven it alone. Plus zero hassle factor. The pickup date ended up being the following Thursday and the car was delivered Friday around midnight; there were two drivers and they went straight through. I didn’t expect to arrange a tranport so rapidly or so inexpensively; the only downside has been relatives disapproving of a college freshman having a car at all. UShip is an incredibly easy way to do this, even for a total novice– and it’s a fascinating glimpse into a different world, the machinery behind selling on EBay. Great site, great experience.

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