Learn How To Navigate Motherload
Setting Up Your Account
NOTE: Typing addresses are predictive. Start typing address to see drop down of location when creating account
You can register as a transporter in just a few easy steps.
- On the home page of the Motherload website, click the REGISTER link in the top menu.
- Select I am a carrier
- Enter your Company Information (name, address, email, and your DOT/MC information), select a secure password.
- Secure passwords are required to have the below information
1. Be more than 6 characters long
2. Contain at least one Uppercase letter
3. Contain at least one Lower case letter
4. Contain at least one numeric value
5. Contain at least one special character
- Secure passwords are required to have the below information
- Click Next.
- Our system will confirm the phone# and/or email address are not in use currently.
And that’s it! Our staff will verify your operating authority and once confirmed, you will receive an email to confirm the registration. Clicking the link in that email will take you to your Dashboard. From there, you’ll be required to enter your credit card information for account validation as well as your monthly membership fee after teh30 day free trial is over.
Once entered, If you have any questions, feel free to contact our support team.
The following requirements apply as a Motherload Transporter that operates in interstate commerce on a full-time basis and/or your vehicle’s weight rating exceeds 10,000 pounds.
The U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (“DOT”) regulates interstate motor carriers of property. The DOT has two registration requirements.
- Delivery drivers (or carriers) operating vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of greater than 10,000 pounds are required to obtain a DOT safety registration when operating in interstate commerce (e.g. crossing state lines). No such DOT safety registration is required for smaller vehicles such as automobiles, pickup trucks, minivans, and most cargo vans.
- Delivery drivers/carriers that make deliveries on a full-time basis in interstate commerce must have an MC registration in order to operate on an interstate basis. However, delivery drivers that only casually or occasionally make such deliveries are exempted from the MC registration under 49 U.S.C. § 13907(2). Specifically, this federal law states that no MC registration is required for “the casual, occasional or reciprocal transportation of property by motor vehicle in interstate or foreign commerce not engaged in transportation by motor vehicle as a regular occupation or business.
The Account side menu lets you update your profile, contact Motherload support team as well as view your feedback score
You can update your profile by selecting profile on the sidebar menu
Your listed email and mobile # that you verified when creating your account will be use to receive notifications from Motherload and Shippers in reference to your bids.
You may see one or all of these email or sms messages while using this marketplace:
- Shipment bid sent
- Shipment Accepted
- Updated Bid
- Shipment tracking
- Shipment status
Motherload has created a flow for transporters to easily and quickly find loads.
You have the ability to list search or map search. Our marketplace defaults to a list search.
You can also select map view to find loads along your route by selecting the map icon
From your dashboard, you will see the below top menu. There are 4 selections based on your status and loads you have bid or won.
AVAILABLE: Loads that are awaiting bids or auto transport rates accepted automatically by shippers
MY: Loads you have been awarded or vehicle shipments available with approved rates by shipper(s)
COMPLETED: Loads you have delivered and marked as delivered
REJECTED: Loads you have bid on but the amount was rejected by the shipper. You have the ability to rebid on any load that has not expired
As you start booking loads on our marketplace, you will receive feedback from your shippers. You can review your current feedback here:
Any question you ask a shipper will be public for other transporters to view.
NOTE: Once you bid, any future communication with the shipper will be private.
You will select a shipment you are interested in bidding on and select ask a question button at the bottom of the shipment window
The pop up window allows you to communicate with the shipper to ask questions about the load so you can bid accordingly. You are required to bid “ALL IN” on any load available on Motherload.
NOTE: You are prohibited to discuss rates, fees, or any direct communication (email/phone/website/company name). Failure to do so will suspend your account
Bidding & Payments
One of the most important things you will need to understand is how you will get paid for your services.
Motherload charges a fee to the shippers to connect to you a legal transporter.
You will arrange payment for transportation directly with the shipper. Motherload does not take payments on the transporters’ behalf. Only the listing fee and shipping insurance
Note: You cannot ask for more money after a shipment has been picked up. If there is a discrepancy of what was listed and what is available for pick up, please contact the shipper prior to loading their product.
When calculating your shipment cost, please consider the below as well. Most transporters understand how to properly bid on a load and these questions are merely suggestions:
- How much fuel will the trip take, including pick-up, drop-off and dead heading?
- How much does the shipment weigh and size? Larger items will require more fuel to transport.
- Will you need extra time for loading or unloading? Will you need to hire an extra pair of hands?
- Will there be any additional charges? You may have tolls along your route or maybe stay overs if your transport is far.
- What are your operating costs? Most transporters know their fixed costs per mile and include this when rating.
One of the many security features Motherload offers has implemented to create a secure and trustworthy community is our dispute support service. Anyone who’s dissatisfied with their transaction for any reason can use this service to initiate a dispute.
If you are unhappy with your transaction, please contact the Motherload support staff first. We will do our best to come to a successful resolution. We also request you make yourself available for our staff if questions arise.
Motherload offers shippers the ability to get 3rd party shipping insurance for piece of mind. In the event that a shipper has selected our 3rd party shipping insurance, we ask they file a claim here first so we can review the supporting documents.
If a transporter fails to file a claim with their insurance provider or does not actively help a shipper file a claim for damage or loss, their account will be suspended.
Motherload can also offer the shipper instructions on how to file a claim against a transporters authority/bond.
We are creating a community of respectable shippers and transporters. Any nefarious actions by any party can result in immediate suspension.
Pearls of Knowledge
Our team feels that we have created a safe environment for shipping and as you earn shipments, your potential shippers will be able to review your feedback prior to accepting your bid.
With our secure messaging and ability to safely streamline the shipping process, you will see the benefit of directing shippers to our platform versus any other site, your feedback is key to earning more business versus trying to bid low.
Obviously shippers want to save money and transporters want to make a profit. If you can balance your costs vs competitor profits, you will be very successful on Motherload.
If you have ever ordered something online, you have clicked a tracking link to see where your order is. Same holds true for you updating tracking for your customer the shipper.
Updating a shipper is a daily process you should always adhere to doing. This will affect your feedback if you fail to keep the shipper updated on where they load is.
Our app allows you to either enter an address or drop a pin to show the shipper where their shipment is currently located.
Note: Motherload suggests entering an address located nearby for daily tracking if you have made a stop at your home address.
We understand things can go awry and that two parties may not agree on the details that have created a bad review.
If you receive a review that you do not agree upon, please contact us at email@example.com.
We will investigate the situation and obtain both sides of the situation and we could take one of the below actions:
- Re-post the original review
- Remove the review completely
- Modify the review to reflect our decision
Initially when we were planning to build Motherload, we debated if brokers should be able to transport. We decided not to allow them to transport. Brokers can post loads but they are not able to dictate rates when posting shipments.
With the Covid-19 status prior to launch of Motherload, we found disturbing articles about how brokers were charging shippers more during the pandemic and lowering the rate per mile to transporters to unheard of rates.
This broker greed created a situation where many transporters had to lose their business and close for good. This honestly pissed us off.
Motherload’s founders do not want to be party to these brokers taking advantage transporters at any time and with the pandemic creating a situation that showed most brokers were stealing from the transporters who are the lifeblood of our country.
If you are a broker and want to bid on loads, you will have to find another site other than Motherload.