Truck rates are low, which has led to the conclusion that trucking capacity is too high.
Since July 18, California ports, including those of Oakland, Los Angeles, Long Beach, and San Pedro, have been blocked by truckers gathering to protest the implementation of AB 5, a controversial state measure that is aimed at extending employee status to operators who had been operating as independent contractors.
In short, AB 5 will make it more difficult for truckers to claim independent contractor status in California.
At this point, some observers are predicting another recession in the trucking industry. Whether that comes true or not, this is probably not the best time in history to get a CDL license and try to hit the road.
Today, CPMA in collaboration with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and other business leaders and organizations across the country, signed an open letter to Canadian politicians calling on elected officials at all levels to use all tools at their disposal to end the ongoing blockades across the country.
What effect these demonstrations will have in the long run, I don’t know, but I’m forced to wonder whether the truckers’ complaints have to do with a great deal more than compulsory vaccination.
As announced in November and as we've communicated with the industry recently, starting January 15, unvaccinated Canadian truck drivers entering Canada will need to meet requirements for pre-entry, arrival and Day 8 testing, as well as quarantine requirements.
Political and industry pressure appear to have helped the Canadian government to drop its mandate that all Canadian truckers prove they have taken coronavirus vaccine shots.
The cost to haul fresh produce keeps rising, and it likely won’t stop this year.
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