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Truckers express mixed feelings over "Uber Freight"

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MARION -- The ride-share company, Uber, has launched a new program called "Uber Freight."  

It connects truck drivers with available shipments, but drivers have mixed feelings about the program.  

Demorris Sutton and Tommy Jones were once independent truck drivers. They said the hardest part of the job was getting paid after the job was done because it wasn't a quick and easy process.

"Some can pay you in 24 hours and some may take a week," Jones said. 

"I've heard six months before," Sutton said. 

But Uber Freight promises to pay instantly or within a few days, with no added fees. It also promises to take the guess work out of finding and booking freight, which Sutton and Jones said was the most stressful part of their day. That's why Jones said he's happy Uber is getting into the industry. 

"It's a big industry, there's room for everybody," Jones said. 

But Michael Hake isn't as optimistic. He believes it may help new drivers get their start, but after that, they'll find other ways to get delivery work and forget about Uber Freight. 

"It might be easier for the smaller guy to get up and running, but once he is up and running, my guess is that he would probably pay more attention to the load boards," Hake said. 

Jones disagrees and said even though its hard to be your own boss, it's worth it if you can find the freight to haul. He hopes Uber Freight makes it easier on those independent truck drivers, but said with an app like this, you better be quick. 

"I think it might be hard booking loads," Jones said. "The competition for the loads will be up for sure."

Some drivers said Uber's entrance into the freight business could set off a price war, which could mean lower pay rates for drivers. 

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