Was this site not set up to provide quality drivers for small independent courier companies to exchange work at a fair market price?
I would say: "this site was set up to provide quality drivers for courier companies to exchange work at a fair market price." So pretty much, yes.
So why has it become another Shiply/anyvan/C.E that allows rates to fall thus attracting a fly by night driver
Well of course I would argue that it definitely hasn't. There are no end-users on here. We have for months now been working to ensure that there are no fly by night drivers on here. You only have to look through the Newsfeed or the Directory to see that.
I would like to see jobs posted with a minimum price offered subject to size of vehicle.
I think the very essence of "market price" (see above) is that we don't try to set prices. Companies and individuals are free to agree their own terms. So I disagree with you there, as I can't see it working.
a vendor has complained of not receiving a single call for a job posted
This does happen, and I always say to new Vendors, post often enough for people to notice what you're doing, wake up to the new work, and start making offers to the new Vendor.
why bother, its just another cheap job from the same source
This is a fair point, and this is why I say to those who post empty and post on the forum here, but choose not to post their work, please help is make mtvan more balanced in terms of the work on here. If you have some work, please post it here.
If that vendor has offered a small van 100 mile job with a minimum payment of £65 then both parties know where they stand and the job should attract more interest and be covered at a fair price to both.
I do suggest to vendors that if it suits their way of doing business they could suggest a pay rate when posting work. I wouldn't want to go beyond that.
Yet a new courier company sign up can post a job with no checks of legitimacy.
I'm glad you mentioned that. It will very soon be "no confirmed postal address = no posting work" on mtvan, to make it impossible to join and post work on the same day.
Also, we now call everyone who wants to join, after they join but before they can use the site in any way at all, to check who they are and what they do.
So there most definitely are checks of Vendor legitimacy, and we're getting tougher still.
no pro members
Not sure that's quite right.
90% of jobs for car owners
Nor this. There are jobs posted that are possible to be done in a "Car", but not 90%.
And as I have said repeatedly on here, and say again now, there are hardly any car drivers on mtvan, so the designation of the job as a "Car" job shouldn't be seen as an indication that the couriers on mtvan are fly by night car drivers.
mtvan should be a place where drivers network with courier companies build up a reputation with good service /communication and a healthy feedback system.
With you all the way on that point. Anyone checking out your own Feedback would surely agree too.
I have done that and thank all the companies on here who have placed their trust in me and have paid me a fair price.
And I'm very pleased for you and everyone else who has got work, and/or regular customers from mtvan.
But I don't see setting minimum prices as the way forward. The majority of Vendors (and potential vendors) I speak to say they all they ever want is good quality couriers, fully insured, with verifiable details and a sound van, who are happy to do a good professional job at a fair price.