A load board is an online tool that owner operators use to locate available truck freight loads. Some online boards have freight loads posted for free, while others charge a fee for monthly subscription or short-term plans.
Owner operators are 18-wheeler truck drivers who own and drive their own trucks. These drivers have the benefit of selecting which freight loads to drive and which hours to work. By using online load boards, they are able to connect or match with freight companies that have loads ready to ship when they are available to work.
Some owner operators use their own personal networks to provide themselves with steady work. Others choose to use load boards because the content is regularly updated and always available. These load boards also provide access to back-haul loads, which allow drivers to make money on the return trip with another load of freight.
Load boards provide information on hot-shot and expedited loads, weight of each load, mileage and routing and contact information for the freight company. Depending on the load board, features may include instant matching to compatible freight loads, access to the web portal and mobile app and searching for loads by weight or equipment type. Other features can include telephone support from the load board's dispatch team, online technical support and training and updated searches sent directly to email.