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There was a time—not even very long ago—that truck driving was considered a good job. Up until the industry began facing deregulation in the 1970s, driving a truck paid well, offered decent benefits, and meant you were likely represented by a powerful union that looked out for your interests.
All that began to change with deregulation, which was codified into law with the passage of the Motor Carrier Act of 1980. While it was meant to strip away unnecessary restrictions and allow for more competition, what the law effectively did was create a system that relies heavily on outsourcing and contracting, especially through brokers who can more easily balance need with availability. Ultimately, this drove down prices due to the increased competition, reducing the compensation available to truckers.
Another side effect of this sea change in the trucking industry is that the treatment of truck drivers suffered. Not only does the job not pay what it once did, but many of the long hours involve unpaid downtime, which has increasingly been a point of contention between truckers and shippers. Some drivers even get stuck in a position where they have to lease a truck, effectively tying them to the company until they can pay it off.
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In spite of the picture painted above, working as a truck driver is not all doom and gloom, especially after a recent industry shift that has left shippers with a shortage of drivers. For the first time in many years, truck drivers have some leverage in their employment arrangement and shippers are starting to realize that. Because of this shift, companies are making significant efforts to restore the profession to the desirable position it once held.
This comes as a welcome change for truck drivers, who now enjoy better working conditions and standards than the industry has seen in many years. Some of the changes being made include stricter enforcement of payment for downtime (known as detention), quicker turnaround times at stops, and better conditions at rest stops.
Slow loading and unloading times, as well as unpaid detention have been a problem in the industry for some time and this change has long been in the making. Technology has helped streamline many operations, largely through the use of RFID chips to track cargo, helping to better coordinate load times and maximize the efficient use of space. For those shippers that continue to abuse these trucking standards, many of them have found that companies will refuse to work with them until they comply—definitely a win in favor of truckers and the industry as a whole.
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.
Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.
And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.
The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.
When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.
I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.
The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.
They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?
So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!
If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.
I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!
The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!
There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.
After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.
Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.
By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.
We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!
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